Environmental Sustainability an Integral Part of Curriculum and Operations at Laureate Education’s U.S. Institutions

Baltimore—April 21, 2009—Every day is Earth Day for Laureate Education's U.S. campus-based and online institutions of higher education, all of which share a commitment to inspire students to embrace environmental stewardship in their careers and daily lives. 

“Environmental sustainability is core to the curriculum and operational practices of all our U.S. institutions of higher education,” said Paula R. Singer, president and chief executive officer of the Laureate Higher Education Group.  “Our mission is to prepare and inspire students to become industry leaders and responsible global citizens.”

Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts integrates principles of sustainability throughout its curriculum and operations. Areas of focus include water and energy conservation; waste reduction through recycling and composting; and food sourcing from local, sustainable operations. The first U.S. culinary school to have its restaurants green certified, Kendall is also the only culinary school to receive the Green Award from the Foodservice Consultants Society International.  Additionally, the National Restaurant Association named Kendall College an official education partner for its Conserve: Solutions for Sustainability initiative. 

The NewSchool of Architecture and Design is one of the first architecture schools in the world to offer a sustainable design program.  Sustainability is core to the school’s required curriculum, and is not limited to elective study.  Within their course content, students learn about sustainable design principles and materials, bio-climatic design principles, and renewable energy applications. NewSchool has renovated campus buildings’ heating and cooling systems to improve energy conservation, and “re-use/recycle” is standard procedure throughout the school’s operations.

At Walden University, the M.B.A. and the M.S. in Leadership programs both offer a specialization in Sustainable Futures. Students in these specializations focus on creating large-scale change that creates value, contributes to a sustainable future, and is responsive to organizational and societal needs. Students develop the ability to practice social responsibility and learn to build new organizations that respond in sustainable ways to the community and the world. 

About Kendall College’s School of Culinary Arts
Founded in 1985, the School of Culinary Arts at Kendall College is among the premier culinary-training programs in the United States, offering associate and bachelor’s degrees and certificates in culinary arts as well as associate degrees and certificates in baking and pastry. The American Culinary Federation has accredited the Culinary Arts Associate and Baking & Pastry Associate programs since 1988. Celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2009, Kendall College also operates schools of hospitality management, business and education. Since 1962, it has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kendall College is a member of the Laureate International Universities network. For more information, visit www.kendall.edu.

About NewSchool of Architecture and Design
NewSchool of Architecture and Design, founded in 1980, is fully accredited by the National Architecture Accrediting Board and the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools. The school, with more than 470 students, offers both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in architecture. For more information, visit www.newschoolarch.edu.

About Walden University
Since 1970, Walden University has offered working professionals the opportunity to earn advanced degrees through distance learning. Today, this comprehensive, accredited online university offers master’s and doctoral degrees in public health, education, psychology, management, public policy and administration, and health and human services, as well as master’s programs in engineering and IT and bachelor’s programs in business administration, psychology, child development, computer information systems, interdisciplinary studies, instructional design and technology, nursing, communication and criminal justice. Walden University is the flagship online university in Laureate International Universities—a global network of accredited campus-based and online universities. Walden University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, www.ncahlc.org. For more information, visit www.WaldenU.edu.