Residential and Dining Enterprises was the recipient of a 2019 Sustainability Innovation Award from APPA Leadership in Educational Facilities. The award, presented at APPA's annual conference in Denver in July, recognized R&DE's leadership in the following three key areas:
- The green cleaning program which is now in 41 buildings and has reduced over 3,000 gallons of chemicals from being purchased and disposed of annually.
- The student internship program which supports 20 students annually to perform research in the areas of waste, energy and water. Their efforts have directly influenced programmatic and operational decisions.
- The implementation and unique use of a utility management software tool that allows data driven decision making in the organization.