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Morris Named a "Greenest University" by BestColleges.com

Posted by Jenna Ray on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014


The University of Minnesota, Morris has been named one of BestColleges.com’s Greenest Universities. This list honors the 50 United States colleges and universities that have earned the highest Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) ratings, thereby distinguishing themselves as the nation’s greenest institutions. Morris appears at #17 and is the only Minnesota school included.

The aim of the list is to identify schools that have launched the most impactful initiatives to reduce on-campus waste and energy consumption, promote alternative transportation, provide funding to student- and faculty-led green proposals, and take other measures to benefit the environment. According to BestColleges.com, Morris is distinguished by its success in reducing carbon emissions by 40 percent and recycling roughly 100 tons of solid waste each year.

“Morris is a leader in all things green,” says Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson. “We are willing to think differently about the ways in which we use natural resources, we are well positioned to use our infrastructure as a teaching resource for others, and we are recognized for our sustainability efforts.”

The list was generated using the STARS Participants & Reports database. Each of these institutions has received a STARS Gold rating by earning points in the following areas:
Academics: curriculum and research
Engagement: campus engagement and community engagement
Operations: air and climate, buildings, dining services, energy, grounds, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water
Planning and administration: coordination, planning and governance, diversity and affordability, health, wellbeing and work, investment.

Through the use of student and faculty surveys, independent research, ranking systems, and the input of highly credible and authoritative sources, BestColleges.com strives to help students make an educated choice about their future. Additional information is available at bestcolleges.com.