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2017 HACU AND SOLUTION GENERATION AWARD WINNER: THE UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD

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Washington DC, October 27, 2017 - The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) and ecoAmerica’s Solution Generation program are pleased to announce that the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio has been selected as the 2017 Climate Leadership Awards recipient. 

The University of the Incarnate Word was recognized for its collaboration with community partners on the creation of 
an urban farm on the city’s eastside. In addition to educating socioeconomically vulnerable neighborhoods on the eastside about organic urban farming, the work is also a university and city community-based social enterprise of job creation and retention. The award funds will be used to support the Student Sustainability Legacy Scholars, a unique collaborative with two local school districts, to help plan, implement, report and maintain gardens. 

“It is essential to our Mission at the University of the Incarnate Word to be good stewards of our planet and inspire a dedication to environmental sustainability and climate change awareness,” said University of the Incarnate Word President Dr. Thomas M. Evans. “We are humbled and honored that our efforts in this endeavor have been recognized by such esteemed organizations as HACU & ecoAmerica.”

“The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities applauds the efforts made by the University of the Incarnate Word in working towards making a difference within their community,” said HACU President and CEO Antonio R. Flores. “HACU is committed to addressing the impact of climate change on Latinos and their communities in correlation to their values, and in enlisting current and incoming college students as well as recent graduates in response to these changes." 

“ecoAmerica is pleased to be a part of showcasing what’s possible in higher education leadership on climate change awareness. Congratulations to the University of the Incarnate Word for demonstrating new ways to commit to sustainability and community engagement,” said Bob Perkowitz, ecoAmerica President and Founder. 

The University of the Incarnate Word will be recognized during HACU’s Annual Conference on October 30, 2017 in San Diego. 

About the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) represents more than 470 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain. Founded in 1986, HACU is the only national association representing existing and emerging Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

About ecoAmerica
ecoAmerica is a non-profit that builds institutional leadership, public support, and political will for climate solutions in the United States.

About Solution Generation’s Climate Leadership Awards Program 
Solution Generation’s Climate Leadership Awards Program was created to identify American higher education institutions taking the lead on climate change communication to faculty, students, and communities. The program and its partners recognize college, universities, and their leadership that are prioritizing climate change and sustainability, have implemented trend-setting initiatives to take the issue to the next level, and are measurably influencing and mobilizing the community. To date, Solution Generation has partnered with HACU, ACCU, AACC, and AASCU to deliver awards. 

About the University of the Incarnate Word
With over 130 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas.  At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. UIW students can choose from degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio’s Alamo Heights, UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany.  UIW is a leader in international education, with 140 “sister schools” in 44 countries. At UIW, the Universe is Yours. UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.