For the third year in a row, UNM has been named to "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges." The guide is collaboration between the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide focuses on colleges that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and sustainability. UNM is the only higher education institution from New Mexico listed in the guide.
More than 800 schools were evaluated by the Princeton Review and only those with a score of 83 or above were listed in the guide.
"UNM is a leader in energy conservation and recycling," said Mary Clark, manager, UNM Sustainability. "Our faculty research in renewable energy technology and Sustainability Studies Program ranks us with the other leading green schools in the nation." The Princeton Review created the green college guide in response to a survey of high school students who overwhelming indicated that a university's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to attend that university.
UNM has improved energy usage on campus through a building efficiency retrofit program, which allows for added controls to change from a constant to a variable operation that allows buildings to turn off when empty. The Environmental Protection Agency has given UNM two Energy Star awards from for its Ford Utilities Center cogeneration unit and its University Hospital — the first academic hospital to be presented with such a prestigious award. UNM new and renovated buildings adhere to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards and two have received LEED Plat¬inum sta¬tus: College of Education addition and Science and Math Learning Center.
UNM was one of the first in the nation to establish a Sustainability Studies program, which offers a minor to students from a wide range of disciplines such as architecture, business, biology and political science. Students in the Sustainability Studies capstone class wrote the UNM Climate Action Plan as part of UNM's participation in the American Campus and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.
Research Service Learning Program and Sustainability Studies students have created three campus community gardens that provide fresh produce to the campus food services vendor.
UNM Faculty is among the country's leading researchers in energy conservation methods and technologies and offer a wide range of courses with sustainability topics.
Bruce Milne was selected as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation endowed chair in sustainable environmental food systems and is the director of the Sustainability Studies program. Andrea Mammoli, director of the Center of Emerging Energy Technologies, is leading a consortium including Japan's New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) and Sandia National Laboratories in research at a state-of-the-art micro grid facility at Mesa del Sol.
The UNM Civil Engineering department is offering classes in sustainable infrastructure, which is infrastructure that lasts longer and uses less energy, less water, less natural resources, produces less air and water pollution, and generates less solid or hazardous waste.
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