ASHEVILLE, NC – Just in time for Earth Day, UNC Asheville has been recognized as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the “Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.” The new ranking, released April 20, focuses solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability activities and initiatives. The other Western North Carolina colleges to make the list are Appalachian State, Brevard and Warren Wilson.
The guide praised UNC Asheville’s long-term commitment to sustainability efforts. It also noted newer buildings with green features including geothermal heat pumps, vegetative roof, solar panels and recycled building materials. The Student Environmental Center and student-initiated green fees were applauded, as was the widespread use of alternative transportation and recycling.
The ranking was the second environmental accolade UNC Asheville has received this year. The March issue of Blue Ridge Outdoors announced the results of its “Cool Schools” rankings, which examined the ways that campuses are practicing environmental sustainability. In a survey of 48 colleges and universities, UNC Asheville and Warren Wilson College tied for first place as the greenest small college in a five-state region.
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide.