|BGSU makes list of green colleges|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune|
|Thursday, 25 April 2013 07:52|
Bowling Green State University will be included in The Princeton Review's "Guide to 322 Green Colleges."
"Bowling Green State University has established itself as a university sustainability leader with its top-to-bottom commitment to campus life, from employing a full-time sustainability officer to offering a host of environmentally centered student groups to encouraging students to pursue green jobs after graduation," the magazine stated.
BGSU has made the following efforts toward green energy:
• Created a sustainability internship program which offers opportunities for research in waste reduction, alternative energy, recycling, marketing/promotions, transportation and environmental education.
• Is working on a greenhouse gas emissions inventory that gives an overview of the campus's real-life energy usage.
• Has active student groups on campus working to improve campus sustainability and raise awareness of environmental issues worldwide.
• Made transportation changes, with the Orange Bike program which repairs and maintains a fleet of bicycles for use around campus by those who register, and installation of three charging stations for electric vehicles.
• Has sustainability positions in several residence halls, and a student representative will sit on the Presidents' Climate Commitment committee.
• Has three LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) buildings: The Wolfe Center for the Arts, the Stroh Center, and Carillon Place dining center. Other buildings, such as Falcon Heights and Centennial Hall, include environmentally conscious features.
• The Office of Design and Construction is working toward energy sustainability with older campus structures. Olscamp Hall was recently renovated employing "green" features, and the Student Recreation Center is slated for upgrades that incorporate energy efficiency and sustainable materials.
• The Energy Conservation Measures project at the center of a multimillion dollar lighting, heating and air conditioning project, allows computer-based control of the lights and temperature in 28 campus buildings, reducing energy usage and costs.
• The Friday Night Lights program uses a team of student volunteers who take on the job of shutting off lights in places where it's not automatic. To date this has saved the university more than $50,000.
• Established a Student Green Fund, an opt-out, $5 per semester fee that creates a pool of money for environmental initiatives on campus. A committee of students reviews applications for projects and makes funding decisions.
• Student Green Fund paid for human-powered cardio machines at the Student Recreation Center, recycled plastic bike racks, water bottle refilling stations and two electric vehicles. The fund also contributed to the "green roof" on The Oaks dining center.
• Adopted Project TIGER, another student initiative, which has a number of the campus computer labs using 100 percent recycled paper, and the university's print responsibly directive encourages two-sided printing to further reduce consumption.
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