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UNC Greensboro is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features UNCG in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition. Schools were chosen based on a survey of administrators at 835 colleges in 2020-21 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company’s editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points in the process of choosing schools for the guide.

“As we all know, human-caused climate change presents a number of challenges,” said UNCG Sustainability Specialist Sean MacInnes. “I’m proud to work within a community of students, faculty, and staff at UNCG, who recognize the urgency of those challenges and are turning them into opportunities to thrive and to shine a little light into what often seems like a dark world. We’re thankful to be recognized for those efforts.”

“We strongly recommend UNC Greensboro to students who want to study and live at a green college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “UNCG offers excellent academics and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability that is exemplary on many counts.”

In its green ranking of UNCG, The Princeton Review gives UNCG 90 points out of 99 and notes that the University’s inclusion of aesthetics as an integral part of sustainability makes UNCG’s philosophy unique compared to other institutions of higher education.

Sustainability at UNCG is as crucial as ever, and it is prioritized through the University’s infrastructure and initiatives. Just this year, the new Nursing and Instructional Building became the 20th facility on campus to be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. Last month, it was announced that the Weatherspoon Art Museum will renovate the lighting system in one of the museum’s galleries to sustainable LED bulbs, thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation, as part of the Frankenthaler Climate Initiative. This initiative is the first nation-wide program to support energy efficiency and clean energy projects in the visual arts.

All Spartan faculty, staff, and students can support, get involved, and be informed with sustainability efforts across campus through key programs and features like the UNCG Mobile sustainability tile, the commuter survey, The Green Room and Green Office certification programs, and the OZZI to-go container program. Learn more about these initiatives at news.uncg.edu/uncg-helps-green-go-mainstream. Learn more about UNCG Sustainability at sustainability.uncg.edu, and follow them on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Photography by Grant Evan Gilliard, University Communications

 
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