The New York Times reports that the Princeton review is including a “green rating” in their next ranking of colleges in the US. While I think college rankings is pretty much a popularity contest, I think this incorporation of some kind of rating of environmental impact and sustainability is a step in the right direction. And not just because my husband is getting a job at my university (W00T!) to do sustainability work.
I am working on a post about sustainability from our trip to Europe, but in the meantime, reflecting on Purdue’s past considerations of the environmental is pretty dismal. Poor rates of recycling, no consideration in building until last year, little inroads into the curriculum, and so on. However, I hope things will improve, with things like the promise of a (only silver-rated) LEED certified addition to the Mechanical Engineering building, sustainability incorporated into the university strategic plan, and (on a rather smaller level) the aforementioned hire of my husband. More on that when he actually starts his job, which will be to help engineering faculty incorporate sustainability and energy conservation ideas into their courses. Did I mention, W00T?
How green is your campus? Where do you see room for improvement?