America's Colleges and Universities Embrace Green Initiatives
According to an article in the New York Times, there are more than 110 colleges and universities nationwide that have built or are building structures certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Initially implemented to save the universities money while helping the environment, the many green buildings around the country have also turned into a learning tool for students.
As mentioned in the article, there are so many students interested in living in these new environmentally friendly dorms that universities have now required students to justify their admittance through written essays. The universities have also turned the entire situation into a learning opportunity through the implementation of various courses focusing on sustainability.
Even janitors and land maintenance crews have been brought on board through the introduction of green cleaning. Many universities found that it was one thing to provide a green certified building to students, but if it weren’t maintained using green standards, its benefits wouldn't last long. It is for that reason that administrators have turned to the janitorial departments for suggestions on how to do more with less.
The article also focuses on specific programs and best practices implemented at the following colleges and universities:
- Emory University in Atlanta, GA
- Harvey Mudd College in California
- Yavapai College in Arizona
- Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh, PA
- Portland State University in Oregon
- University of South Carolina in Columbia
- Berea College in Kentucky
- Middlebury in Vermont
- Drury University in Missouri
- Northern Arizona University in Arizona
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