UWindsor Ranked Among Greenest In North America

Wednesday May 27th, 2015

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The University of Windsor was among five Canadian universities ranked among the greenest in North America this week by the Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

Institutions were scored based on such factors as healthy, sustainable quality of student life on campus; environmentally responsible school policies; and how well students are being prepared for employment in an increasingly green economy.

Among specific areas of scrutiny were the percentage of food expenditures that go toward local, organic, or otherwise environmentally preferable food, the existence of a formal committee devoted to advancing sustainability on campus, construction or renovations within the past three years of LEED-certified buildings, overall waste-diversion rates, the availability of at least one sustainability-focused undergraduate major, degree program or equivalent, the opportunity for students to graduate from programs that include sustainability as a required learning outcome, or include multiple sustainability learning outcomes, and the percentage of the school’s energy resources derived from renewable sources.

“Issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility are important to everyone,” says UWindsor President Alan Wildeman. “I congratulate the faculty, staff and students across the University of Windsor who have made this recognition possible. It is also a reality that many of our students will have opportunities for future employment related to creating a more green economy that our society strives for.”

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