Framingham State University has been named a Green College by the Princeton Review for the second consecutive year.
The University is one of just 22 schools in Massachusetts and 311 across the country recognized as Green Colleges by the publication, which compiles the list in partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
With the support of President Timothy Flanagan and the FSU Board of Trustees, campus community activists created a Climate Action Plan to dramatically reduce the university’s carbon footprint. Efforts have included increasing recycling on campus, extending the length of the academic day to reduce the number of days students and faculty have to commute to campus, installing solar panels on the McCarthy Campus Center and the Athletic Building, and using energy-efficient lighting.
Many of the University’s efforts to go green are hidden, such as the geothermal heating system and rainwater collection system underneath a new residence hall, which will allow the facility to be 25 percent more efficient than state standards require for newly-constructed buildings.
Food service provider Sodexo has started several green initiatives, from installing new water-saving dishwashers to launching a composting system that recycles organic waste. The University also eliminated lunch trays two years ago in the Dining Commons to preserve water.
Moving forward, the University plans to hire a firm to conduct a campus-wide energy audit to identify other ways the school can reduce its energy usage.
Congratulations are in order for the student-based Green Team, FSU’s sustainability officer Professor Carl Hakansson, the Facilities Planning Subcommittee of the Budget and Resources Committee, and everyone else involved with make FSU a Green College.
More information can be found at: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx