Texas A&M University ranks among the nation’s top four “go green” institutions, according to a survey conducted by SaveOnEnergy.com that assessed the sustainably efforts of the 25 universities that were included in the Associated Press’ initial 2014 football rankings.
Rather than focusing on how the football teams of the 25 universities fared, SaveOnEnergy.com, as reported in Environmental Leader, determined how they stacked up in such factors as stadium sustainability efforts, number of active green organizations, waste diversion rates, percentage of budget spent on locally grown or organic foods and level of environmental studies degrees offered.
“Texas A&M continually strives to improve stewardship of our financial, environmental and people resources,” noted Kelly Wellman, who heads the university’s sustainability initiatives. “As such, we are pleased to be recognized by SaveOnEnergy.com for our efforts as a leader in sustainability.”
In addition to placing fourth nationally, Texas A&M was ranked first among Texas institutions and also headed the list of Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools.
The University of Washington placed first overall, followed by Stanford and Ohio State University.
The SEC has the most universities included in the rankings, with seven. The PAC-12 has six, the Big 10 four and the Big 12 and AAC, three each.
The SaveOnEnergy.com officials assigned specific weights to each of the categories included in their study.
“In order to properly rank these universities, we contacted each school for the criteria,” they said in their posted announcement. “If schools were unable to provide the appropriate information, we used the universities’ sustainability websites, Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges 2014 Edition and the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) to gather the necessary information.”
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