The University is turning greener by the minute, and others are taking note.
The University ranks as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible universities,
according to The Princeton Review. The education services company selected the
U of M for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges, which
was released in October.
Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Guide focuses on
institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment
to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure and activities.
The University also received a grade of A in the “administration” and “ green building”
categories en route to an overall score of B- in the College Sustainability Report
Card, issued in November. The U of M had a score of C last year.
The U of M is expected to move into the “A” category in 2011 as the school continues
to enhance its sustainability efforts. For example, in fall, more than a thousand
faculty, staff and students took part in the third annual Tiger Blue Goes Green sustainable
technologies awareness day on the Student Plaza. Forty-one displays showcased the
numerous eco-friendly initiatives that the
U of M and community are involved in.
The University also took part in America Recycles Day November. Several thousand pounds
of recyclables were collected around campus.
Recycling efforts have sky rocketed in the past year, according to U of M sustainability
coordinator Amelia Mayahi.
“In 2009, the amount of recyclables that was collected was around 40,000 pounds per
month, and in 2010, we averaged nearly 90,000 pounds per month,” Mayahi said.
A truck specially designed to handle recyclables has been added to campus as well
as an additional 219 recycling bins.
“I want to see it become a habit where you see recycling as a necessity,” Mayahi said.