Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
April 23, 2014 - The Princeton Review has named the University of Memphis as one of the most environmentally responsible
colleges in the United States and Canada. The education services company known for
its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks profiles the U
of M in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators
at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment
and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions about course offerings,
campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
The 216-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
The U of M’s green initiatives include the Tiger Bike Share Program, with a fleet
of 55 bicycles for rent and more than 85 members. Recycling on campus has taking new
strides by going single stream. The University’s recycling program started in 2009
with a total of 150,000 pounds for the entire year. So far in 2014, that number is
just 250,000 pounds shy of reaching a 1 million pound goal by June 30. The annual
Tiger Blue Goes Green Day spotlights the many eco-friendly initiatives developed by
the University and the surrounding community.
“I am truly proud of what our University has accomplished thus far in sustainability,”
said Amelia Mayahi, sustainability coordinator. “So many faculty, staff, students
and individuals in the community have stepped forward and donated their time to help
our program succeed. I have traveled to many universities that have outstanding sustainability
programs which have been created over several years. So to know that our campus is
relatively new to the sustainability scene and we are already a leader in so many
areas is truly amazing. This can only mean that our future in sustainability will
continue and be stronger than ever.”
The Princeton Review created its Guide to 332 Green Colleges in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council