Iowa Makes the Green List

Monday, May 21, 2012

Princeton Review counts the UI among the nation's most sustainability-minded schools

By George McCrory
University of Iowa

A sustainability-themed t-shirt design by UI student Dustin Smart, created as part of an Earth Day fund raiser for the Johnson County Heritage Trust.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guidebook profiles higher education institutions that demonstrate commitment to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a 2011 survey of college administrators about their institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

The guide calls the UI a “green campus trailblazer” and notes its 2020 Vision plan to achieve net-negative energy growth, 60 percent waste diversion, and a 40 percent target for renewable energy using locally produced biomass. Sustainable design practices have been in place for a decade, leading to 10 LEED-certified buildings on campus.

“We’re pleased to be recognized for leadership in energy conservation, renewable energy, sustainable water research, and offering an outstanding array of classes in our sustainability certificate program,” says Liz Christiansen, director of the UI Office of Sustainability

Princeton Review publishers say college-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues, and the guide provides application information plus facts, stats, and summaries. It is free and available for download—the UI listing is on page 150.

For more information about UI sustainability efforts, see http://sustainability.uiowa.edu/.