For the fifth year in a row, the University of New Mexico has been listed as one of the United States' most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the newly-released "Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition."
“UNM is a leader in research in sustainable construction and energy technologies, recycling, and campus building energy conservation,” said Mary Clark, UNM Sustainability Manager. “Our university has made prudent use of state and natural resources long before the term ‘sustainability’ began to be used in reference to the environment.”
The Princeton Review “Guide to Green Schools,” now in its sixth edition, is the only free, comprehensive resource identifying colleges with exemplary commitments to sustainability. Schools were chosen for the 2015 edition based on their 2014 Green Rating scores (of 60 to 99) tallied from school guides and website school profiles last August. Those scores were based on data from its 2014 survey of college administrators.
The survey asked about their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. They weighed more than 25 data points in the assessment, and tallied Green Rating scores for nearly 900 institutions. Schools with scores of 83 or higher made it into the 2015 edition of this guide. The guide is available at Princeton Review Green Guide.
UNM has implemented many initiatives because of its commitment to sustainability. It is a “core value” of the university, so many forward-thinking projects have stemmed from the many people who support sustainability. Some of the initiatives are the ever-increasing use of solar energy on campus, building energy conservation programs, the Sustainability Studies minor, the promotion of alternative transportation, campus-wide recycling, “green” purchasing, on-going water conservation efforts, and campus community gardens.
To highlight sustainability at UNM, the 7th annual Sustainability Expo is Tuesday, April 21, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Cornell Mall, east of the Student Union Building. There will be a growers' market, arts and crafts fair, live entertainment, sustainable vendors, food trucks, cooking demos, bicycle auction and educational events.