Texas A&M is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected Texas A&M for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition."
“We are pleased that The Princeton Review has once again recognized Texas A&M for the sustainable efforts being made by our collective campus community. It is a testament to the many ways in which our organization practices responsible stewardship,” says Kelly Wellman, director of the Office of Sustainability at Texas A&M.
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges” is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Officials with the publication say The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges in 2011.
The guide lists Texas A&M as a leader in research and education in the area of how humanity interacts with the environment. According to the information published in the guide, “the university has adopted ‘Respect. Protect. Preserve.’ This mantra guides the sustainability initiatives ongoing in nearly every facet of campus life at Texas A&M."
Among the other reasons for the recognition listed in the guide is that the Office of Sustainability has worked to promote a “Sustainability Challenge,” which aims to build a sense of community in the institution’s residence halls while at the same time encouraging sustainable habits and increasing sustainability awareness amongst the students. Texas A&M Recycling, which collects an average of 60 tons per month from 140 campus buildings, has recently extended its Residence Hall Recycling Program to 11 residence halls.
In addition, the campus also sports an impressive 11 LEED certified buildings. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to set a benchmark for design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.
The Norman Borlaug Institute for International Agriculture was also noted as a leading international agriculture program measured by “the quality of its international teaching, science and extension programs,” many of which involve providing sustainable aid to developing countries.
Released in time for the celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide