PHOENIX, September 8, 2008 —

The Environmental Excellence Awards (EEA) program is Arizona's oldest and most prestigious competition focusing exclusively on sustainability initiatives. A record number of entries were received this year – 130 submittals in 24 categories. Winners were announced on Sept. 6 at Valley Forward's Environmental Excellence Awards gala, held in partnership with SRP. Nearly 800 community leaders attended the event at the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale. Kari Lake, anchor, FOX 10 News, served as mistress of ceremonies. Apollo Education Group / University of Phoenix received the Crescordia Award, the highest honor within the Environmental Education and Communication category, for the company's Go Green Challenge.

"We are extremely proud to have been selected to receive this prestigious award," said Ayla Dickey, vice president of public affairs for Apollo Education Group. "The Go Green Challenge was made possible through the work of more than 10,000 employees who committed to joining alongside the company and its leaders in our environmental efforts."�

Valley Forward is a 39-year-old association that brings business and civic leaders together to convene thoughtful public dialogue on regional issues and to improve the environment and livability of Valley communities. The organization operates with the belief that business must take a leadership role in solving the complex and sometimes controversial problems that confront growing population centers.

Apollo Education Group'S GO GREEN CHALLENGE

The Go Green Challenge, a comprehensive and multi-faceted internal communications program, was created to help Apollo Education Group's leadership, faculty and staff understand their impact on the environment and provide them with the tools needed to succeed in adopting long-term sustainable living practices. While the campaign originated in Phoenix, the effort engaged more than 50,000 employees and faculty members at more than 300 locations nationwide.

Initiated as a month-long competition to drive the implementation of Apollo's green initiatives and encourage positive behavior changes, the Go Green Challenge encompassed desk-side recycling, carpooling, use of environmentally friendly break-room consumables, conversion to energy efficient lighting and more. More than 5,000 Apollo employees completed a Sustainability 101 course, and 4,500 have gone to the University's Go Green Web site pledging to engage in green initiatives. Additionally, Apollo Education Group lowered its overall annual carbon footprint by 1.25 million pounds through its purchase of carbon-offset packages for employees.


University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help students balance education and life in a rapidly changing world. Through flexible schedules, challenging courses and interactive learning, students achieve personal and career aspirations without putting their lives on hold. As of August 31, 2008, 362,100 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America. University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world.


Wendy Paul