In celebration of its 51st year, Lourdes is reaffirming its commitment to being "green."

Founded by the Sisters of St. Francis and housed on 89 acres of wooded land, the College has cared for the environment throughout its history. Today, Lourdes promotes environmental responsibility and sustainability through:

Award winning programming

The Lourdes Life Lab continues to garner recognition for its commitment to offering programs focused on sustainability, conservation and environmental awareness.

Last year, the Life Lab was named Conservation Organization of the Year by Ohio's National Wildlife Federation affiliate and most recently was recognized by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency.

Building "green"

Lourdes newest academic building, comprised of McAlear and Delp Halls, was built with sustainability in mind. The building boasts "green" features such as a geo-thermal heating and cooling system, natural day lighting and use of recycled materials.

Campus-wide recycling

The College offers a campus-wide recycling program that enables the community to recycle aluminum, glass, paper and plastic products. Since its inception, the College has recycled a total of 63,446 pounds of paper (enough to save over 600 trees) and 12,046 gallons of aluminum, glass and plastic.

Community partnerships

The Paul R. Koester Greenhouse is home to a surfeit of plant species that offers students hands-on experience in ecology, botany and genetics.

The greenhouse also supports conservation efforts through partnerships with the Nature Conservancy, Oak Openings, Olander Park System, Toledo Botanical Gardens and the Toledo Metroparks.

Going paper free

In an effort to save paper, Lourdes news and the Alumni enews are published electronically. In addition, the summer edition of AtLourdes will be published exclusively online.