LAWRENCE – The University of Kansas is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible universities, according to The Princeton Review.
The well-known education services company this week listed KU in its annual "Guide to 322 Green Colleges," which profiles higher education institutions that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This is the first time KU has been featured in the guide, which began in 2010.
The guide is created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the organization best known for developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standard for green building certification.
“We’re pleased to be recognized among the nation’s greenest universities,” said Jeff Severin, director of the KU Center for Sustainability. “KU strives to be a leader in sustainability, which is reflected in the Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World strategic theme in KU’s strategic plan, Bold Aspirations, and in our Campus Sustainability Plan, Building Sustainable Traditions. It is important that we continue to expand our efforts to make sustainability part of what we do at KU and communicate to our students how these issues will impact their world and their careers.”
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools in this year’s guidebook based on a survey of hundreds of colleges and universities, which were each scored from 60 to 99. The 322 schools in the guide all received scores of 83 or above. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the guide hierarchically.
The announcement from The Princeton Review comes just a few days before Earth Day, which is April 22. KU is celebrating the holiday with a public event, "Our Campus, Our Community, Our Environment," from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. April 23 in the Kansas Union. The event will include environmental panel discussions, live performances and a rain barrel auction supporting campus environmental initiatives.