Setting The Green Standard
Reflecting its commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada in the recently released edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.
The Princeton Review chose schools for the guide based on a 50-question survey conducted in 2012 of administrators of hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
Catching the selection committee’s eyes were pledges made by the university administration to reduce electricity consumption by 20 percent by the year 2020 as part of a wider sustainability initiative. Other initiatives mentioned in the entry include a pledge to carefully meter buildings around campus in order to collect data that will be used to influence behavioral modifications and the Eco-House. Students in the Eco-House pledge to live an eco-friendly lifestyle that includes maintenance of an on-site garden and compost bin, recycling efforts, the purchase of local and/or organic items, and the usage of energy-efficient appliances.
Endorsing Wittenberg’s Efforts:
According to the Princeton Review, “Wittenberg University aims to shape its students into concerned, conscientious and responsible global citizens. Fortunately, the administration realizes that, in order to accomplish this feat, it must set a strong example. To that end, the university has certainly picked up the ‘green’ torch and has begun implementing some commendable environmental policies.”