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Sustainability in the Community

Engaging in a Sustainable Community

Duquesne University transforms students into leaders who are distinguished not only by their intellectual achievement and professional skills, but also by their ethics and responsibility to society.

Community engagement, service and outreach are integral parts of the college experience at Duquesne. Each year about 8,000 Duquesne students, faculty and staff volunteer over 209,800 hours. Students promote sustainable communities, green living and environmental awareness by working in:

  • Charities, social agencies and human services
  • Public safety, education and wellness programs
  • Neighborhood beautification efforts
  • Small business development

The Carnegie Foundation selected Duquesne University as one of 119 institutions nationwide to carry the Community Engagement Classification for curricular engagement and outreach and partnerships.

In 2009, the Corporation for National and Community Service named Duquesne to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the third consecutive year.

Keeping Neighborhoods Bright

Duquesne students are actively engaged in promoting green living and environmental awareness through monthly cleanups in the Greater Hill District, Uptown, and South Side communities close to Duquesne.

MBA Sustainability students work each semester on case studies with corporate and non-profit partners to evaluate sustainability practices and recommend possible improvements. Corporate partnerships have included:

  • Alcoa
  • Westinghouse Nuclear
  • Bayer
  • Pittsburgh Zoo
  • Carnegie Museum
  • Pennsylvania Environmental Council

Classroom Studies Help Sustain Community Members

Duquesne's school-based research partnerships and service learning courses enrich students' academic experience while providing services for community members.

Students and faculty help small business and social service organizations expand or improve health, education and human services. The students gain as much--or more--from the experience of community service as they give to others.