UM, 6 other Maine institutions named environmentally responsible

Posted April 20, 2011, at 2:04 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The University of Maine has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the nation for the second year in a row.

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition,” released Wednesday, recognizes 308 U.S. institutions and three in Canada for outstanding commitment to environmental sustainability, according to a UMaine press release. The guide was developed in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council.

“The University of Maine is deeply committed to environmental stewardship, and this recognition from Princeton Review affirms the effectiveness of our efforts,” UMaine President Robert Kennedy said Wednesday in the press release. “This commitment is reflective of UMaine’s traditional land-grant mission in a state that deeply values its natural environment.

“Our students, faculty and staff all deserve great credit for helping achieve this recognition through their day-to-day efforts that make a meaningful difference in properly stewarding our precious natural surroundings,” he said.

Kennedy was one of the original signers in 2007 of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment.

Numerous on-campus initiatives are aimed at enhancing sustainability, according to UMaine spokesman Joe Carr.  Those include the promotion and use of public transportation, the ongoing conversion of energy systems to environmentally friendly fuels, environmental design standards for new construction, and dining hall initiatives that reduce food waste and water usage.

In addition to UMaine, six other Maine institutions are included in the guide.  They are Bates College in Lewiston, Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Colby College in Waterville, College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Unity College in Unity and the University of Maine at Farmington.

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