WCU featured in The Princeton Review’s green college guide

For the fourth consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

Seal for 332 Green Colleges guideWCU is included in the 2014 edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges,” which was released in advance of Earth Day. The guide is a free, downloadable book published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.

Institutions were chosen for inclusion in the guide based on a survey conducted at hundreds of four-year colleges about environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings. The education services company analyzed data about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and sustainability.

The book’s profile of WCU mentions the university’s creation in 2013 of the Office of Sustainability and Energy Management to support a holistic integration of sustainability across all divisions of the university. Achievements described range from reductions in energy and petroleum use through such initiatives as awareness programs and development of a private ridesharing network.

The guide further highlights WCU’s commitment to seeking LEED certification for new construction projects, participation in RecycleMania and Campus Conservation Nationals, coordination of a range of events centered on environmental responsibility, and the recent passage of a student-initiated $5 per semester fee to support green projects on campus.

The guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. For more information about WCU’s sustainability initiatives, contact Lauren Bishop, chief sustainability officer, at lbishop@wcu.edu or 828-227-3562.