University of Toledo Earns Conservation Award

Posted May 2nd, 2012 by Jonathan Strunk  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The University of Toledo has earned a conservation award from Polar Bears International (PBI), the world’s leading polar bear conservation group. The award was co-presented by Robert Buchanan, president and CEO of PBI, and by Dr. Anne Baker, executive director and CEO of the Toledo Zoo.

The University of Toledo earned PBI’s Paw of Approval Award (PAW) through its reduction of CO2 emissions and reduced use of resources; its commitment to high quality, quantity and diversity of climate change-related research; and its participation in a multi-university commitment to minimizing climate change.

Dr. Lloyd Jacobs, UT President, accepted the award at a ceremony at the University’s Scott Park Campus of Energy & Innovation, site of its extensive solar array. “Whether it is in our environmental research, our University operations, or our instruction and community stewardship, The University of Toledo is committed to minimizing our environmental impact and advancing knowledge that ensures our interactions with our planet are safe and sustainable,” he said. “The University of Toledo is honored to accept Polar Bears International’s PAW Award and will continue to do all we can to better understand, slow and halt climate change.”

Robert Buchanan, president and CEO of PBI, praised the Toledo Zoo’s efforts as well, saying, “The Zoo is also leading the way by example with its own operations, providing inspiration to local businesses and offices.” The Toledo Zoo is part of PBI’s network of Arctic Ambassador Centers. These centers focus on animal well-being and enrichment, take a leadership role in stewardship and carbon reduction efforts in their communities, and participate in PBI polar bear research efforts.

“We are grateful to Polar Bears International for recognizing our efforts as well as the efforts of the University of Toledo,” said Dr. Anne Baker, executive director and CEO of the Toledo Zoo. “The University’s efforts are a shining example of blending science, innovation and conservation. We invite more businesses and organizations to join us in reducing CO2 emissions and in conserving our natural resources.”

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