As the nation celebrated Earth Day on Sunday, April 22, the Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, named Xavier one of 322 Green Colleges in the United States and Canada. This is the fourth annual edition of the free guidebook saluting the most environmentally responsible colleges.
"The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition" profiles 320 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 215-page book is also available for download.
“Xavier is delighted to be included,” says Ann Dougherty, sustainability coordinator at Xavier. “Our sustainability committee, with input from student government, faculty and staff, has developed the Xavier path of sustainability, which continues to grow and improve.”
Many current projects are underway. Xavier is competing in the Campus Conservation Nationals. Six residence halls have been measuring which one makes the greatest reduction in energy and water use in April and had an Earth Day celebration at the Gallagher Student Center. In the fall, Xavier’s administration buildings are having a similar competition. At the end of March, Xavier started an urban farm on Cleneay Avenue, where dozens of students and staff helped build raised beds and prepare wood chip paths. Professors also are planning some of their fall laboratories around the farm.
The guide also cites Xavier’s Sustainability Committee, signing of the American College and University’s Presidents Climate Committee, new construction to LEED Silver standards, BikeXU, NEXUS garden, sustainability mini-grant and the new sustainability majors to start in fall 2013 as reasons for Xavier’s inclusion.
“Xavier University is serious about becoming a stalwart of the green movement,” the guide says.
"Sixty-two percent of the 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 College Hopes & Worries Survey, said information about a school's environmental commitment would influence their decision to apply or attend," said Robert Franek of The Princeton Review. "We recommend these 322 schools to students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices."
“This great news reflects Xavier's strong commitment to sustainability, as demonstrated in our new academic programs in sustainability, as well as in our day-to-day operations,” says Nancy Bertaux, PhD, co-chair of the Sustainability Committee and professor of Economics.