Iowa college makes it onto Princeton Review's green list

Tue, 05/07/2013 - 11:16

Central College in Pella, Iowa, has recently been selected as one of the most "green" colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. The Ottumwa Courier reports that the institution was selected as one of the only six Iowa institutions to make "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition."
According to the news source, The Princeton Review partners with the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools to determine what higher education institutions in the United States demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability
Central College received recognition for being green because it requires all students to complete a global sustainability core curriculum requirement and even offers a global sustainability minor. The campus also contains a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver rated science center, a gold rated residence hall and a platinum rated center. 
Each of these buildings feature a number of energy-efficient technologies, including radiant floor heating. The utility option allows the structures to remain at a comfortable temperature without using a considerable amount of oil or gas. In addition, the system is easily set up to run off renewable energy if the school ever wishes to switch over to an even more eco-friendly resource. 
"This national recognition - which takes into account many aspects of our commitment to campus sustainability, but even more importantly, cites our national leadership in incorporating sustainability education across our curriculum as a graduation core requirement and in the form of our new interdisciplinary minor in global sustainability - is a strong vote of confidence in a key aspect of our institutional mission and goals," said Jim Zaffiro, professor of political science, according to the news source.