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BW Receives Grant from McGregor Fund to Further Sustainability Initiatives

A $230,000 grant from the McGregor Fund, of Detroit, will be used to further sustainability initiatives at Baldwin Wallace University in the areas of student internships, faculty and course development, and the creation of an Institute for Sustainable Business Practice.

"We are grateful to McGregor Fund for this wonderful endorsement of the work being done at Baldwin Wallace University," said BW President Dick Durst. "Over the past few years, we have made substantial, incremental efforts to both understand and to reduce our environmental footprint.  As we have worked to further our commitment, through the offering of Ohio's first undergraduate major in sustainability as well as through other programs, we aim to become regionally and nationally recognized as being a collegiate leader in sustainability.

"Through the generous support of the McGregor Fund, we believe Baldwin Wallace University can present a model program other schools can draw upon as more institutions begin to look at sustainability as being a requisite component of a liberal arts education."

Funds to Benefit BW Students

The grant, which was awarded to BW in May, will be used to fund:

  • student internships in sustainability with nonprofit and governmental organizations.
  • faculty development for enhanced and new course development for the Sustainability major and minor.
  • the creation of an Institute for Sustainable Business Practice (offered through the Division of Business Administration).

BW secured the grant via a highly competitive process.  According to the McGregor Fund, the grant program aims to support institutions of higher education by:

  • recognizing and encouraging excellence in private liberal arts education, and
  • supporting projects or activities that will have a significant positive impact on the quality of the liberal arts education provided by the institution.

BW Makes Sustainability a Key Area of Interest

Sustainability initiatives at BW are ongoing and range from the College having the first geo-thermal heated and cooled residence hall in the state of Ohio to the formation of a campus-wide sustainability committee comprised of administrators, faculty and students who coordinate and implement "green" practices across campus.  Recent efforts have included:

  • More than 40% reduction in campus paper consumption.
  • Installation of a composter that takes almost all campus food service-generated food waste out of the waste stream.
  • Installation of energy conservation technologies to reduce electricity consumption.
  • Use of biodegradable disposables in the area of food services.
  • Enhanced recycling system that has increased recycling content by at least 500% in the last two years.
  • Commitment to high performance, green building design in all future college building projects.
  • Experimentation with conversion of used kitchen grease for the production of bio-diesel fuel for campus vehicles.
  • Adoption of "green" cleaning products for all campus buildings.

Most recently, BW spearheaded sustainability efforts in the area of higher education by offering Ohio's first undergraduate major in sustainability"an interdisciplinary major that includes study in the natural sciences, humanities and business administration.  This blending of courses provides BW students with a distinctive education in which they can become flexible, literate problem-solvers who can create real change for the pre-eminent social issue of the 21st century" the environment.

McGregor Fund Promotes Well-being of Mankind

The McGregor Fund is a private foundation organized "to relieve the misfortunes and promote the well-being of mankind." It was established by a $5,000 deed of gift from Tracy W. McGregor in 1925, and later augmented to nearly $10 million through subsequent gifts from Mr. McGregor and his wife, Katherine Whitney McGregor. Through their generosity, the fund has provided grants to relieve misfortune and promote well-being in the following program areas: human services, education, health care, arts and culture, and public benefit.

Sustainability is Growing Area of Academic Studies

For more information about BW's sustainability major/minor as well as other campus sustainability initiatives, contact Dr. Sabina Thomas, associate professor of biology and geology, at (440) 826-2268 or via email at or Dr. David Krueger, professor of business administration, at (440) 826-5923 or via e-mail at  In addition to serving as project manager for the grant, Dr. Krueger is co-director of BW's sustainability program and is holder of the Charles E. Spahr Chair in Managerial and Corporate Ethics.  


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