Walmart Foundation grant moves Drury closer to LED goal

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., August 11, 2016 — Drury University is well on its way to its goal of an entirely LED-lit exterior campus thanks to a grant from the Walmart Foundation. The push for an LED-lit campus supports Drury’s ongoing commitment to sustainability in all areas of university operations.

Drury recently received a $2,500 Walmart Foundation Community Grant from the East Kearney Street Walmart Supercenter. The grant will fund the purchase of LED lights for Drury’s Central Street Recycling Center and the surrounding campus area. The upgrades will bring Drury to an approximately 75 percent LED-lit exterior.

“The Kearney Street Walmart Store is pleased to support Drury University’s efforts to transition to sustainable LED lighting,” store manager Kyle Roth says. “We are happy to fund LED lights for the Central Street Recycling Center, which is an important resource for Drury and the Springfield community.”

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, LED bulbs are significantly more energy efficient than incandescent lighting. A typical LED bulb uses 75 percent less electricity and emits only 10 percent of the carbon dioxide as an incandescent bulb. The projected lifespan of an LED bulb is 50,000 continuous hours, compared to just 1,200 hours for an incandescent bulb. The long lifespan of LED means that one LED bulb can save material and production of 25 or more incandescent bulbs.

The Central Street Recycling Center is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Approximately 210 tons of recyclable material passes through the center each year. The center is also used by local institutions including Ozarks Technical Community College, Missouri State University, Mercy Healthcare System, and the City of Springfield.


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Drury Again Earns Recognition in the Princeton Review’s Green Guide

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:


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:


Arbor Day Celebration at Drury Planned for Friday, April 4

Drury University will host an Arbor Day celebration and tree planting at 11 a.m., Friday, April 4, just north of Olin Library. The event is open to the public and media are invited to attend.

The event centers on the planting of a several native trees, including a Redbud, a Yellowwood and three Linden trees. It will also include the reading of a proclamation by Mayor Robert Stephens and remarks by Dr. Gary Wright of Springfield’s Tree City USA Committee.

“We want to heighten awareness of and respect for the urban forest on campus,” said Betty Coe Manuel, Drury’s First Lady and an organizer of the event. “Our entire campus is involved in making Drury a pleasant and ‘green’ place to learn, live and work.”

Forest ReLeaf of Missouri recently recognized Drury with an Exceptional ReLeaf Award for planting projects in 2013. The award was presented to Assistant Director of University Grounds Joe Fearn at the Missouri Community Forestry Council conference in March. During the last two years, Drury has received more than 250 trees and shrubs from the nonprofit organization. Those plants were the foundation of a comprehensive campus landscape improvement. Several areas that were previously intensively maintained but underperforming have been replaced with stylized landscapes using native vegetation.

Fearn and the university grounds crew are making it a point to involve students in the planning of some campus landscaping, too. Sophomore finance major Ted Boland is the Student Government Association’s Vice President for Sustainability. He and Fearn are working together to see that the physical campus reflects students’ preferences through an upcoming survey.

“Current students want to make sure we have a campus that is not only beautiful and inviting today, but is also sustainable and still around for future Drury students – and the community – to enjoy,” says Boland, who is also helping plan the April 4 Arbor Day event.

For more information about the event or Drury’s forestry and grounds efforts, contact: Mike Brothers at (417) 873-7390.


“Ecopreneurship” Event Highlights Career Choices in Sustainability

Local high school and college students are encouraged to learn about the expanding and increasingly important field of environmental sustainability at the 4th Annual Ecopreneurship Panel and Career Fair Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Drury University.

The free event begins with a career fair from 4-6 p.m. at the Trustee Science Center. Students can visit with representatives from more than a dozen not-for-profit organizations, businesses, and government agencies about volunteer, internship and job opportunities, and explore various ways that an environmental education can lead to various careers.

Appetizers from Metro Farmer restaurant and pizza will be provided starting at 5:30 p.m. Wendy Anderson, Environmental Science Professor at Drury, will offer opening remarks at 6 p.m., followed by panel presentations and a discussion with Barbara Lucks and Daniela Liscio. Lucks is the Sustainability Officer for the City of Springfield. Liscio is a former attorney who changed careers and began a nutritional consulting business called Eat for Sport.

Co-sponsored by the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship and the Environmental Sciences Department at Drury, the annual event spotlights the nexus of a several trends in the job market and global community.

“Most of the innovations needed to solve our most pressing environmental problems will emerge from people with the interdisciplinary skill sets,” Anderson says. “Environmental education at Drury is deeply interdisciplinary and committed to community engagement. We ensure that our students develop critical thinking skills based on broad understandings of ethics, economics, management, politics, laws, psychology, and the natural sciences.”

Employers are increasingly adding positions that focus on sustainability to their staffs, says Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship.

“Yet even with the increased corporate opportunities, some students will find it necessary to start their own businesses to have the impact they desire,” Still says. “That’s the reason we hold this joint venture between Environmental Sciences and the Edward Jones Center. We want to empower them to choose that path.”

For more information, contact: Kelley Still, Director of the Edward Jones Center for Entrepreneurship, at (417) 873-7458 or; or Wendy Anderson, Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, at (417) 873-7445 or


Drury University Team Selected to Compete in 2015 Solar Decathlon

Students from across Drury University and Crowder College have been selected to compete in the 2015 Solar Decathlon against peers from 19 other colleges from around the nation, including Yale and Stanford and Missouri University of Science & Technology.

The race is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, which announced the 20 invited collegiate teams this afternoon. The competition will take place at the Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif.

UPDATE: View the Crowder/Drury team’s website at

Drury is partnering with Crowder College in Neosho to form a team. The Department of Energy selects the teams based on an application process. The complete list of schools to compete can be found at

The teams now begin a two-year process to design and build solar-powered, highly efficient houses that combine affordability, innovation and design excellence. The teams will design, construct and test their houses before reassembling them in the fall of 2015 at the competition site in California.

True to Drury’s commitment to the liberal arts, students from all areas of study will be able to take part in the team. The formal application was made possible through a partnership between the Drury’s Hammons School of Architecture, the Breech School of Business Administration and the Department of Communication.

“This is an interdisciplinary project,” said Traci Sooter, Director of the Design/Build Program at the Hammons School of Architecture. “It will be open to students of all majors and it’s an incredible opportunity for our students. We’re looking for leaders. We need people who will step up and be great partners in the project. There’s marketing to do, web design, writing, and more. We have lots of room on the team, and we welcome all students of diverse backgrounds.”

Crowder College, a two-year school, has twice before participated in the Solar Decathlon, and has a strong program for solar technology and innovative construction technology, Sooter says. Applicants are now required to have an accredited architecture school, and following Drury’s ongoing efforts in the rebuilding of Joplin, Mo., after the May 2011 tornado, a bond was formed between the two schools, Sooter says.

Sponsors will be needed for the project. Sooter says the community can help the Solar Decathlon team both with both financial support and in-kind support, such as donations of building materials, interior finishing and transportation of the materials to California.

Drury’s Design/Build Program designs and builds projects for communities and agencies in need. In addition to multiple projects in the Joplin area following the 2011 tornado, the program participated in four episodes of ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and numerous other projects.

For more information, contact Traci Sooter, Associate Professor of Architecture, at (417) 873-7416 or (417) 234-6405.

Drury makes Princeton Review’s Green Guide three straight years

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 19, 2012 — For the third straight year, Drury University is highlighted in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition. According to the Princeton Review, the free downloadable book profiles institutions of higher education that “demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.”

The book can be downloaded at and

In the past few years, Drury has embarked on several projects aimed at sustainability, including:

  • The O’Reilly Family Event Center earned Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification.
  • Converted Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Established the Central Street Recycling Center.
  • Installed solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall.
  • Drury students, faculty and staff built a Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and detergent usage.

The Princeton Review made note of several of these accomplishments in Drury’s profile found on page 64 of the book. The profile also includes this statement, “The University is focusing its energy management efforts on its buildings through renovation and retrofitting. The Trustee Science Center features bamboo flooring and energy efficient fixtures.”

“”Drury is honored to be recognized, once again, by the Princeton Review. Our widespread efforts across campus to operate with minimal environmental impact and our commitment to integrating themes of sustainability throughout our curriculum ensure that we are modeling the sustainable lifestyles we hope all students will carry forward from their years at Drury,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability.

Drury and the University of Missouri are the only two schools in Missouri listed in theThe Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.

As part of Drury’s sustainability efforts, on Monday, April 23 it will host the Campus Consciousness Tour. The Campus Consciousness tour describes itself as, “Half music tour, half environmental campaign, the Campus Consciousness Tour aims to inspire and activate students in an electric atmosphere while leaving a positive impact on each community the tour visits. In addition to educating and mobilizing students, the tour includes many greening elements and is run to have a minimal environmental footprint.”

Grammy nominated rapper J. Cole will headline the Campus Consciousness tour with a show at 8 p.m. in the O’Reilly Family Event Center. Ticket prices range from $20-$38. Tickets can be purchased online at, by calling (417) 873-6389, or in person at the O’Reilly Family Event Center box office.

CONTACTS: The Princeton Review / Joseph Iovino, 888-865-7737 ext. 5678,


Lists of the 322 colleges in the book—alpha by location (state/school) and alpha by school—are posted at


Drury dedicates the Kellogg Green Space and Terrace

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.,Oct. 28, 2011 —The Drury community today celebrated the dedication of the Kellogg Green Space and Terrace with a ribbon cutting honoring donors Tom and Camille Kellogg. Their generosity funded the deconstruction of the vacant Belle and Turner Halls, and provided the funding for the green space, terrace, seating areas and garden spaces.

Camille and Tom Kellogg cut the ribbon for the Kellogg Greenspace and Terrace while Drury President Todd Parnell (left) and Chairman of the Board of Trustees Lynn Chipperfield look on.

Activist tells “The Story of Stuff” at Drury University

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Oct. 3, 2011 — How much is too much? Annie Leonard, sustainability activist and filmmaker, seeks to address this question through her project The Story of Stuff.  Using her research, Leonard will shed light on consumerism and its toll on the environment in a discussion on Thursday, Oct. 6 at 11 a.m. in Clara Thompson Hall at Drury University.

Leonard launched her career with her popular animated web series The Story of Stuff that explores the impacts of consumption. She has traveled to 40 countries, visiting hundreds of factories where “stuff” is made and hundreds of dumps where “stuff” is dumped. Leonard is fiercely dedicated to reclaiming and transforming the industrial and economic systems so they serve, rather than undermine, ecological sustainability and social equity.

Annie Leonard

Leonard did her undergraduate studies at Barnard College, Columbia University and graduate work in City and Regional Planning at Cornell. Her book, The Story of Stuff, was published in 2010.

Drury University’s 2011-2012 convocation series, “The Changing Planet: Our Role in Nature’s Economy” considers human connections to the environment, while also examining potential solutions to current problems.

All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more details about speakers visit or contact Theme Year Director Dr. Sean Terry at (417) 873-6963.

Media Contact: Dr. Sean Terry, Theme Year Director, Professor of Geography & Environmental Studies, Office: (417) 873-6963, E-mail:


Drury is named “A Cool School” by Sierra magazine

Springfield, Mo., Aug. 19, 2011—Drury University is one of the “Coolest Schools” in the United States according to Sierra magazine, a publication of the Sierra Club. Drury is ranked 85th.

According to its website, Sierra ranked schools on ten criteria:  energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a category called “other initiatives.”

Drury's geothermal Stone Chapel

Sierra based its rankings on answers provided in the survey, but in some cases the publication conducted follow-up research. magazine sent questionnaires to 940 four-year colleges and universities last spring.

“I always knew Drury was cool, but now it’s confirmed,” said Dr. Wendy Anderson, director of campus sustainability at Drury. “Everything from using geothermal heating and cooling in Stone Chapel to little things like riding a bike to campus contributed to this recognition. Being a good steward of the environment is not only the right thing to do, but it’s the campus culture Drury students expect.”

To view a complete list of the ranked schools go to:

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