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Mount Union Listed in Princeton Review Green Guide

October 13, 2011

The University of Mount Union has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges as it was included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. Mount Union also is one of only eight institutions in Ohio to be praised for its strong commitment to environmental friendly policies, practices and academic offerings.
 
In the green guide, Mount Union was cited for:
  • Building a LEED-certified facility using locally-sourced materials
  • Installing a 54-kilowatt solar panel
  • Maintaining a 142-acre Nature Center
  • Having an environmental science major
  • Developing a formal sustainability committee
  • Having a robust recycling program
  • Serving menu items at B&B Café on washable and reusable plates
  • Maintaining its faculty and staff directory, catalog and personal handbooks 100% online
  • Reporting all grades electronically
  • Being a STARS rated institution
  • Signing the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment
Mount Union also was recognized for its policy requiring that all new buildings on campus be built to silver LEED certified standards, which is a rating system developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
 
“Sustainability is a global issue that we all have a to responsibility to address,” said Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “This means taking serious action today to ensure the planet’s existence as we know it in the future. Mount Union is committed to leading the way, and  I believe this recognition is a testament to our efforts.”
 
In other sustainability-related news, the University has developed a comprehensive sustainability plan in order to take the necessary steps to move toward climate neutrality. Mount Union also recently earned Tree Campus USA recognition for its dedication to campus forestry management and environmental stewardship, and it received a bronze rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and earned silver LEED certificated for the Gartner Welcome Center.

The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges profiles 308 institutions of higher education in the United States and three in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 220-page guide is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.
 
To produce this guide, The Princeton Review partnered with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) an outstanding national nonprofit organization best-known for developing the LEED green building certification program. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated.
 
For more information and to download a free guide, visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
 
Mount Union has consistently fared well in national rankings, appearing in U.S. News and World Report’s annual listing of the best colleges and universities for 20 consecutive years. This year, Mount Union was ranked in the top 10 of the Midwest Regional Colleges category. In addition, Mount Union was recently tapped as one of the best colleges and universities in the nation by Forbes, and the University was ranked among the top 100 liberal arts colleges and universities in the nation in Washington Monthly.
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