Green Guide

Drury earns more national recognition for “green” efforts across campus

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., May 12, 2014 — Two national organizations have recently highlighted Drury University’s ongoing commitment to sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the University Suites residential building with a LEED Platinum certification, and The Princeton Review has once again named Drury in its annual guide to green colleges.

LEED Platinum Certification

The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is the most prominent system worldwide for measuring and recognizing the energy efficiency and environmental sustainability of buildings. Opened to students in August 2012, the 72-bed University Suites residence hall was designed by Bates & Associates Architects and built by Morelock-Ross. Drury currently leases the property from developer Bryan Magers.

“For Drury to be the home of a LEED Platinum certified project demonstrates commitment to values we can be proud of passing on to our students,” says Robert Weddle, Professor and Assistant Director for Academic Initiatives at the Hammons School of Architecture.

Only about a dozen other university residential buildings in the United States have achieved LEED Platinum certification. University Suites is the first in the state of Missouri to do so. It is the second building on Drury’s campus to earn a LEED designation – The O’Reilly Family Event Center has achieved LEED Gold certification.

Green Colleges Guide

For the fifth year in a row, Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. Drury is one of six Missouri colleges selected, and the only one in the Springfield area.

The Princeton Review selection process is based on “Green Ratings” that were tallied for 832 schools in the summer of 2013. The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.

Sustainability efforts can be seen across Drury’s campus. They range from buildings like University Suites and the O’Reilly Family Event Center to everyday actions such as bike rentals and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use. Just last week, two golf carts used for campus tours were fitted with solar panels that will keep their batteries charged so they will no longer need to be plugged in overnight.

Other Drury sustainability initiatives cited by The Princeton Review include:

  • Converting Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling
  • Establishing the Central Street Recycling Center
  • Installing solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall
  • Building a LEED Platinum certified Habitat for Humanity home

The complete list of 332 schools and a PDF of the Green Guide can be found online at:


Drury is named to the Princeton Review’s Green Guide for the 4th straight year

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 22, 2013 — Drury University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company profiles Drury in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

“Being included in this ranking four years in a row is a testament to our solid progress on our sustainability initiatives,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability. “Drury’s LEED Gold O’Reilly Family Event Center and other major renovations have incorporated established green building standards. Moreover, we remain committed to helping create a more sustainable region by offering three environmentally oriented majors and connecting students to regional organizations for service learning, research and internships.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

The 215-page guide can be downloaded at and

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools’ specific sustainability initiatives.  A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide’s profile on Drury, The Princeton Review writes, “The elimination of trays in the university’s dining commons has served to conserve food, water and energy, thereby reducing environmentally damaging chemicals and detergents and reducing food waste by 25 to 30 percent per person. Bicycle rentals are available for students for $25 per semester as an environmentally friendly alternative to driving.”

Media Contact:

Dr. Wendy Anderson, Director of Campus Sustainability, Office: (417) 873-7445, Email: