Sustainability Efforts at ASC Receive State Award

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Agnes Scott College has won a 2012 PACE Award for Best Overall Program for a Mid-Sized Business from The Clean Air Campaign, in partnership with the region's transportation management associations, RideSmart and the Georgia Department of Transportation.

The 2012 PACE Awards were presented in 13 categories to Georgia workplaces, schools and individual leaders who have demonstrated a commitment to improved mobility and air quality. The awards recognize the best commute options programs in Georgia, celebrating the success of employers, property managers, schools and individuals in advancing the promise of cleaner air and less traffic.

"The PACE award truly belongs to everyone at Agnes Scott," said Susan Kidd, director of sustainability at Agnes Scott. "We all work together to be sure the college's overall sustainability efforts are successful, and our Clean Air Campaign commitment is shared with all faculty and staff who arrive on campus by biking, walking, carpooling or taking public transit."

"Commute options programs are vital for effectively managing the increased demand on our roadways as our state continues to grow," said Georgia DOT Director of Planning Toby Carr. "Georgia DOT applauds the many employers, individuals and schools, especially those honored today that are making significant contributions by encouraging the use of commute options."

Agnes Scott programs targeted at improving air quality include a no-idling policy and the use of bikes, Zipcars, transit and more. The college was the first in Georgia to implement a no-idle policy that requires vans and trucks to turn off their engines when making deliveries. Agnes Scott also provides a free bike sharing program and a discount program at a local bike shop.

The college's work with The Clean Air Campaign is just one facet of Agnes Scott's commitment to "living honorably," part of its core mission for both the college and its students. In 2010, the college completed a comprehensive, long-term Climate Action Plan, part of a commitment made with about 650 other colleges and universities all over the country that signed onto the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment in order to reduce their impact on the environment. Agnes Scott's CAP outlines strategies and five-year targets designed to achieve "climate neutrality" in time for its 150th anniversary in 2039.

The Clean Air Campaign is a not-for-profit organization that works with more than 1,600 Georgia employers, tens of thousands of commuters and more than 300 K-12 schools to encourage actions that result in less traffic congestion and better air quality.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.