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Drury University Recognized For Making Strides in Sustainability

For Immediate Release: November 30

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Nov. 30, 2009 — Drury University was one of four Missouri universities featured in the National Wildlife Federation’s study titled Generation E: Students Leading for a Sustainable, Clean Energy Future which was released earlier this month.

Drury University was recognized for its efforts in developing the Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions (OCSS). OCSS primarily assists regional businesses and organizations with pollution prevention, energy conservation and sustainability technical assistance. Starting in spring 2009, Drury students served as interns for OCSS.

“The student internships are an integral part of the OCSS. The program provides students with real-world experience in reducing environmental impacts or energy consumption for organizations,” said Doug Neidigh, OCSS Program Manager. “The organizations receive needed resources to help identify, research and implement opportunities that improve the environment while reducing operational costs.”

The National Wildlife Federation scouted more than 160 colleges and universities across the country covering 35 categories of creative student effort. The report highlights the unique and critical role college students are playing in reforming sustainability programs.

The full report can be viewed at the National Wildlife Federation’s website: www.nwf.org/gene

For more information on the report, please contact Julian Keniry, Senior Director of Campus and Community Leadership at the National Wildlife Federation at 703-438-6322 or by e-mail at keniry@nwf.org.

The Ozarks Center for Sustainable Solutions was created in 2008. OCSS is a non-regulatory program with a mission to help businesses and organizations improve operations, reduce environmental impacts and save money. For more information on the OCSS go to: http://www.drury.edu/ocss.

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