Mount Union Named Princeton Review Green College
April 24, 2012
ALLIANCE, Ohio — For the second year in a row, the University of Mount Union has been included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green College: 2012 Edition.”
The resource is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and is the only free, comprehensive guide that focuses solely on colleges that have demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability.
“We’re honored to receive this award again and excited that it highlights the work that everyone on the campus has been doing,” said Natalie Kee, sustainability and academic outreach coordinator at Mount Union.
Schools in the guide 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 school’s environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives. Of 768 schools surveyed in 2011, 322 schools received scores of 83 or higher.
“I know a lot of people have worked hard to try to raise the sustainability level at Mount Union, and it’s great to be at a place like this,” 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. “We have to continue to work to make more progress and also work so sustainability becomes a part of our culture.”
According to the Green Guide, the University of Mount Union’s green highlights include the University’s LEED-certified Gartner Welcome Center built using local sourced building materials, the 116-acre Huston-Brumbaugh Nature Center, the University’s recently released Sustainability Plan, Mount Union’s environmental science major and the newly-renovated Timken Physical Education Building, which is home to a 54-kilowatt solar panel array that demonstrates the school’s commitment to energy conservation. Additionally, the University is noted for its robust recycling program and minimizing of paper-based processes.
The Green Guide also notes that Mount Union’s faculty and staff directory is 100% online, along with its catalog, personnel handbooks and most forms. All grades are reported to the registrar electronically, and room reservations, IT equipment orders and vehicle reservations are all handled online. In addition, the University’s B&B Café serves menu items on washable and reusable plates.
“We’re lucky that we have a commitment to sustainability from President Dr. Richard Giese and high level administration at Mount Union,” McClaughterty said. “It means so much to have that kind of support from the central administration. Sustainability is a main thrust of the institution.”