ISU named one of ‘most green’ colleges

The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice brought a pair of alpacas to Indiana State’s Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  (Provided photo)
The White Violet Center for Eco-Justice brought a pair of alpacas to Indiana State’s Earth Day celebration on Wednesday, April 16, 2014. (Provided photo)

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – Indiana State University has been selected as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada for the second consecutive year.

The Princeton Review made the selections for its fifth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This was based on a survey conducted last year.

“Several exciting new campus initiatives include seeking designation as a Bicycle Friendly University, the university’s first annual residence hall energy reduction competition and the implementation of many major projects at the campus community garden,” the review writes. “Indiana State University understands that a commitment to sustainability extends beyond the campus grounds.”

This news was released last week as the college was wrapping up their celebration of Earth Day.

“Truly, sustainability is what it means to be a Sycamore! We not only have a wind turbine on campus and an award-winning Recycle Center, but we also have research solutions for economic sustainability and advocate for social justice,” said Caroline Savage, interim executive director of the Institute for Community Sustainability at Indiana State.

Annual surveys indicate significant —and continued — interest among most college applicants in attending sustainably minded campuses.

“In collaborating with the Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools. “We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”

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