UNCG Campus Weekly

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Sierra Club ranks UNCG No. 3 in UNC system for sustainability

photo of SustainabilityFor the seventh straight year, UNCG ranks among the most sustainable colleges and universities in the United States and Canada according to the Sierra Club’s annual “Cool School” rankings.

UNCG is No. 3 among all UNC system schools, with noted strengths in the following categories: innovation, planning, water, co-curricular and waste. Nationally, UNCG ranks in the top 80 out of 227 institutions.

“We’re excited to be recognized as one of the most sustainable institutions not only in our state, but across the United States and Canada,” said Dr. Shanna Eller, sustainability coordinator for operations. “The ranking criteria change each year, which requires institutions to expand and evolve sustainability efforts based on emerging issues in the field. We’re proud to continue to be a leader year after year.”

To participate, institutions must complete an extensive questionnaire and submit data that is then scored and ranked by the Sierra Club, a national environmental organization with more than 3 million members and supporters. Each year, the scoring methodology is updated to reflect trends in campus sustainability as well as the broader priorities of the Sierra Club.

For example, this year, a question about socially responsible investment was included in the questionnaire. In keeping with this emerging issue in sustainability, UNCG will be hosting a series of four community conversations on sustainable and socially responsible investing over the course of the year.

To learn more about sustainability efforts on campus, visit sustainability.uncg.edu. For the complete rankings, visit sierraclub.org/sierra/coolschools-2017.

Story by Alyssa Bedrosian
Photography by Katie Loyd