Anderson University’s Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) is working with the City of Anderson to develop the Office of Environmental Sustainability. Comprised of key staff members within city government and selected members of SIFE, the Office will promote a number of initiatives to improve the environmental awareness and responsibility of businesses and individuals around the city.
One of the most promising of these initiatives is SIFE’s Print Less Anderson. Anderson University students work with a partnering business to understand the environmental and financial impact of conserving paper usage and recycling paper waste. Additionally, SIFE will implement a “Green Seal of Approval” program, an evaluation and certification for environmentally conscious businesses in the area. Currently, criteria have been established for restaurants, convenience stores, and office buildings.
Todd Baden, the vice president of Environmental Impact for SIFE, says that the city has been supportive and eager to make progress in these areas. “Developing the Office of Environmental Sustainability will ensure that the City of Anderson’s efforts are sustainable and will be able to keep growing,” he says. “The staff members who are joining with us will provide influence, credibility, and creativity. We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone can bring to the table for this exciting work.”
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,750 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.