Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College

April 22, 2014

ALLIANCE, Ohio—For the fourth consecutive year, the University of Mount Union has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 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, chairman of the University sustainability committee and director of the Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center. “Over the years, the University has continually enacted initiatives and practices to enhance Mount Union’s commitment to sustainability.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the Company's website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

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. In addition, the Mount Union cafeteria was cited for serving menu items on washable and reusable plates, reducing the amount of waste generated by to-go containers.

“We are honored to receive the designation of being a Green College for the fourth consecutive year,” said Dr. Richard F. Giese, president of Mount Union. “The University community continues to explore additional ways in which we can promote sustainable practices on campus and choose environmentally-friendly materials as facilities are updated and constructed.”

The guide can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

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