Towson University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s 2016 guide to green colleges. TU has been included in the guide every year since its inception in 2010.
The guide specifically highlights TU’s composting program, wherein composting is collected at all campus dining locations. Food scraps and nearly all packaging in campus dining halls—including forks, knives, napkins, and sandwich and salad containers—are compostable. In order to further promote food waste reduction, Towson takes part in the EPA’s Food Recovery Challenge and maintains a FoodShare pantry that offers fruits, vegetables and canned goods to students and employees in need.
“From solar panels to the new TU FoodShare, every year the campus community pushes us to make bigger and better strides toward sustainability,” said Campus Planning and Sustainability Manager Paddy Watson. “We encourage students to get involved in our Eco-Rep program to share ideas and help bring them to reality.”
The guide calls out TU’s Eco-Rep program, which helps students act as change agents for campus sustainability. It also notes that TU was the first university in Maryland to sign on to the Department of Energy’s Better Building Challenge to reduce energy by 20 percent by the year 2020. Since signing the pledge, TU has reduced campus energy consumption by 17 percent.
“We strongly recommend Towson University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.
Schools were selected for the guide based on data from the company’s 2015-16 survey of 640 colleges and their commitments to the environment and sustainability. Based on the survey, schools were assigned green rating scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Schools with green rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide. TU’s green rating score is 90.
The Princeton Review’s full write-up on Towson University is available at http://www.princetonreview.com/schools/1022803/college/towson-university#!campuslife. For more information about campus sustainability, go to www.towson.edu/sustainability.
Written by Pamela Gorsuch