The University and The Environment
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What is it about? "Data was collected from the colleges themselves or from credible third party sources such as the ACUPCC and GreenScorecard.org pertaining to the school's environmental reporting, building design initiatives, renewable energy usage, green food options, water conservation measures, alternative fuel campus vehicles, emissions, and waste programs. Weights were set based off life cycle studies pertaining to the impacts of a college campus and only universities scoring in the top 25% for each respective criterion received a scorecard icon."
Northwestern University scored in the top 25% for each criterion and is therefore among the universities which are ranked. Here is the latest report on Northwestern University, the winner of two leafs out of four:
Northwestern has decent environmental reporting, but has not yet joined up with the ACUPCC. Northwestern has 2 LEED buildings on its campus, with several more on the way, and it requires that all new buildings must be at least LEED Certified. Northwestern has about an average recycling rate and it uses some of its spent cooking oil as a fuel source. Northwestern buys RECs to offset 20% of its energy consumption, which is something that very few major Universities do. Northwestern offers some green food options on campus and it is exploring the usage of alternative fuel vehicles on campus.
Held After Class
Northwestern is a little soft outside of its building program and energy sourcing. It is lagging behind other schools in terms of food sourcing, recycling, composting, and usage of alternative fuel vehicles. For it to improve its score, it should look to keep improving these areas.
Northwestern has some commendable green attributes, but should look to keep improving some of its sourcing and overall logistics."