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Washington University named one of greenest schools in North America

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Washington University has been named to the Princeton Review’s list of the most environmentally responsible “green colleges” in North America.

The university joins two other Missouri schools, including Drury University and the University of Missouri – Columbia on the list. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign was named as well.

Washington University was profiled in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, highlighted schools that demonstrated commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The Princeton Review picked schools based on a survey it conducted of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Princeton Review did not disclose actual scores, however all 322 schools received scores of 83 or above.

The distinction comes as Washington University played host to the Clinton Global Initiative University at the school April 5-7. In addition, the school announced it would invest $30 million in energy conversation. That investment will help reduce the university’s greenhouse gas emissions by 22 percent by 2020 through initiatives such as retrofitting lighting in parking garages and installing more efficient air conditioning systems.

Hank Webber, executive vice chancellor for administration at Washington University, told the Business Journal in March that the university has saved more than $109 million since 1990 through its green initiatives.

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