The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recently named the winners of Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming. The NWF awarded prizes to campuses that were ahead of their time in meeting environmentally friendly standards and were creative in meeting these challenges, as well. I am happy to report that my alma mater, the University of Missouri-Columbia (also known as Mizzou) took home the prize for energy efficiency!
University of Missouri-Columbia
According to the NWF’s website, the University of Missouri has achieved zero global warming pollution emissions growth while also expanding the University. Since the inception of its energy conservation program in 1990, total campus energy use has been reduced by 19 percent while campus space has grown by nearly 60 percent.
The grand prize winner was Butte College! Butte College, a two-year community college, is on the track to be carbon neutral by 2015 and is employing energy efficiency measures in all campus facilities. The College boasts a broad array of comprehensive global warming pollution reduction initiatives, including a Sustainability Studies certificate program and degree program that will be in place by the fall of 2008. The College also runs the largest community college transportation system in California, recycles more than 75 percent of its operations waste stream, and has a solar panel that accounts for 28% of the campus electricity use.
Did your campus make the grade? Click here for a complete list of all the winners.