April 21, 2015
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 21, 2015 — The Princeton Review has named Drury University in its annual Guide to 353 Green Colleges for the sixth year in a row.
Drury is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of seven Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.
The Princeton Review selection process is based on ratings that were tallied for 861 schools in the summer of 2014. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.
Sustainability efforts are a priority on Drury’s campus. Drury University recently earned recognition as a “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation. Drury has prioritized new LEED-certified buildings such as the University Suites and the O’Reilly Family Event Center, and has retrofitted existing structures such as Stone Chapel with geothermal heating and cooling. Also important are everyday actions such as bike rentals for students and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use.
Academically, Drury is currently participating in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2015 and together with Crowder College in Neosho are designing and constructing a solar powered, storm resistant home. Students will take a multi-disciplinary approach to design, build and operate an off-the-grid home. There are about 50 Drury students with various majors involved in the project.
The complete list of 353 schools and a PDF of the Green Guide can be found online at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.