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IL: Midwestern University Earns EPA Conservation Award

December 13, 2010

by Jill Blair-Smith

Midwestern University received a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award for restoring wetlands and wooded areas on the Downers Grove Campus.

Midwestern University has been selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Chicago Wilderness for a 2010 Conservation and Native Landscaping Award. The award recognizes the University's exceptional restoration of 8.97 acres of wetlands and oak-hickory woods. The award cites a natural area on the north side of the Downers Grove Campus that is home to a variety of wildlife and includes a walking trail that winds its way through native trees, plants, and prairie grasses.

"We strongly believe in the importance of being good environmental stewards of our campus and providing our students with natural areas for recreation and reflection," said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University. "Our students undertake a rigorous course of study and we feel that a beautiful, safe, and serene campus environment aids them on their journey to becoming future health professionals."

The Conservation and Native Landscaping Awards specifically commended Midwestern University on restoring the natural communities' health and sustaining biodiversity while providing a place for students to learn about the natural world.

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