For the second year in a row, the University of La Verne was recognized among 399 other colleges by the Princeton Review for being a green college.
The Princeton Review released their 2017-2018 guide to green colleges on Oct. 16, in which a total of 648 colleges and universities were surveyed.
Each school was given a scores on a scale ranging from 60 to 99. Those receiving a score of 80 or higher were given a green rating. ULV scored 98 out of 99 points, just as it did last year.
Several factors were reviewed, including the use of organic, local or environmentally preferable food expenditures, as well as the availability of mass transit, bicycle share and carpools on campus.
The University was awarded points by the review for having a formal sustainability committee and sustainability-focused academic programs.
The Students Engaged in Environmental Discussion and Service, or SEEDS club, which meets once a week, discusses areas where they would like the University make changes toward being a more sustainable campus.
“Some examples include pushing the University to install renewable energy, getting more recycling bins outside so that we can increase student access to recycling,” Erik Bahson, senior environmental ethics major and SEEDS president, said.
Jay Jones, professor of biology and biochemistry who is involved in the University’s sustainability efforts, believes we should do better. While the University has recycling bins everywhere, not all recyclables are in fact recycled, Jones said.
“We waste so much energy, water, our landscaping still needs to modified,” Jones added.
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