Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College

April 24, 2013

ALLIANCE, Ohio—For the third consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.”

Published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, the resource is the only free and comprehensive guide focusing solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to sustainability.

“Mount Union’s successful sustainability programs are the result of broad support from administrators, students, staff and faculty,” said Dr. Charles McClaugherty, professor of biology, co-director of the environmental science program at Mount Union and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. “The continued success of the University in providing quality education is based on long-term thinking which is the essence of sustainability.”

Included institutions were chosen based on “Green Rating” scores. The guide’s Green Rating is a numerical score from 60-99 based on data from a 50-question survey conducted among hundreds of school administrators about their institution’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.

Other Ohio institutions include Bowling Green State University, Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, Wittenberg University, Xavier University and others.

According to the Green Guide, the University of Mount Union’s green highlights include the University’s LEED-certified Gartner Welcome Center built using locally-sourced materials, the 142-acre Nature Center, the recent Sustainability Plan and Mount Union’s McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex, which houses a 54-kilowatt solar panel array. The University is also noted for its recycling program RecycleMania and paperless directory, forms, grading and handbooks.

“We are honored to once again receive the designation of being a Green College,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “The University is consistently looking at ways in which we can promote sustainable practices on campus and use environmentally-friendly materials as we update and construct new facilities.”

The Green Guide also notes Mount Union’s use of washable and reusable plates in the dining areas as a means of reducing total waste generated by to-go containers.

The guide can be downloaded at

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