2009
Want to join the "green" movement? Start your journey at Benedictine

Want to join the "green" movement? Start your journey at Benedictine
July 15, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Education plays a key role in the United States’ efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a safe environment for future generations. Benedictine University is taking a lead role in the battle for a better future on a number of fronts. Last fall, Benedictine established a three-year initiative, “Years for the Environment,” as part of an effort to move the campus into action. A presentation by Elizabeth Kolbert, author of “Field Notes From a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change;” and an effort that collected 180,827 pounds of recyclables highlighted the first year. Benedictine has also taken the fight to the classroom. Benedictine’s Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science program prepares students for careers in local, state and federal government agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and Illinois Department of Natural Resources, environmental education, environmental consulting, pollution mitigation and public health. The undergraduate program combines a solid foundation in the sciences (biology, chemistry and physics) with a strong liberal arts education that stresses critical thinking, problem solving and communication. Students who have an interest in the environment but do not want to major in Environmental Science can now earn a Certificate in Environmental Studies at Benedictine University, the first time the University has offered a certificate program for traditional undergraduate students. The certificate program gives students the option of choosing environmental-focused courses from a number of disciplines including Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biology, Business, Environmental Science, Geography, Global Studies, Humanities, Literature, Management, Natural Science, Philosophy, Political Science, Religious Studies, Sociology and Theology. Among the courses students can apply to the certificate are “Ecology of a Changing Planet,” “General Ethics for the Environmentally-Minded,” “Disease and the Environment,” “The Global Environment,” “Humanity and the Environment,” “The Divine Economy” and “Faith and Science.” However, the campus and the classroom are not the only battlegrounds for climate change. Businesses can take a lead role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution by implementing actions that save money, improve productivity, protect the environment and increase the nation's energy security. To prepare students for leadership roles in an environmentally conscious business world, Benedictine University offers two concentrations in its Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program – “Sustainable Business” and “Sustainable Leadership.” Sustainability – the pursuit of economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social justice in today’s global business economy – drives Benedictine’s “Sustainable Business” concentration, while the “Sustainable Leadership” concentration prepares managers to be values-driven leaders and to integrate broader societal change into business opportunities. For more information about Benedictine University’s academic programs directed at the environment, contact the Enrollment Center at (630) 829-6300 or by e-mail at admissions@ben.edu. For more information about “Years for the Environment” at Benedictine University, contact Jean-Marie Kauth at (630) 829-6272 or by e-mail at jkauth@ben.edu.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.