WCU one of the greenest colleges in country

For the third consecutive year, Western Carolina University has been listed by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

The university was included in the fourth edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” which is printed yearly in conjunction with Earth Day. The review mentions the university’s focus on energy conservation and a campus program that has reduced energy usage by 10 to 15 percent.

The university was also commended for events organized by the student group EcoCATS, its six electric vehicles and efforts to meet the United States Green Building Council standards for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for buildings, also known as LEED certification.

“Western has a proud history of integrating sustainability into all aspects of our university,” said Lauren Bishop, campus energy manager. “However, there is still more that we can do and we look forward to continuing to expand our efforts.”

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