April 22, 2011
For the second year in a row, Ball State University has been named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The university is one of only 311 schools in the nation to be recognized as an eco-friendly campus by the nationally known education service company and only public institution in Indiana to make the list.
The "Guide to 311 Green Colleges" is the only free, comprehensive book focused solely on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability. It has profiles of each college that include environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. This year's guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
Factors that placed Ball State on the list include its geothermal project, LEED certification for new construction on campus and the university's Center for Energy Research/Education/Service (CERES), which functions as an interdisciplinary academic team focused on issues related to energy and resource use. A CERES Research Fellows Program offers faculty the opportunity to focus attention on energy-related research as an extension of their disciplinary expertise.
The guide book was developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.