How to Find an Eco-Friendly Campus

This is the time of year where universities are bombarded with high school juniors and seniors looking into the universities they want to apply to or have already been accepted to. Parents and students alike come prepared with tons of questions to ask  campus  representatives. One question that previous representatives haven’t had to prepare was the sustainability question: Is your  campus  a green  campus ?

The leaders of tomorrow have realized they’re inheriting a world that needs a major facelift in the environmental department. In fact, according to a 2006 MTV/CBS poll, most Americans aged 13-24 think environmental degradation will be the biggest challenge their generation will face. A huge chunk of that population is now looking into a collegiate career. Being an eco friendly  campus  has developed from a mere afterthought to a very important aspect in recruiting students.

The green  campuses  that are taking hold of this trend have recognized there is a difference between having recycling bins outside classrooms and a full-fledged sustainability  campus  initiative.

What are some tips that colleges have learned from readings and studies? When looking for an eco friendly  campus , take these into consideration…

* Both the visible and non-visible evidence that a  campus  is a green  campus  is essential, but not necessarily equal. Studies have shown potential students look for visual proof of an eco friendly  campus . However, it is just as important to highlight the invisible green efforts produced by the school like carbon footprint reduction measures.

* Digging below the surface of what is seen at a  campus  visitation is important – colleges have educated their staff to know all the environmental issues their school has prevented or been a part of, so make sure to ask them!

Here are some questions to ask representatives about how green their  campus  is. The following questions were put together by the research of the Rocky Mountain Institute, a group who recently published the book “Accelerating  Campus  Climate Initiatives”.

* Has the college signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment?

* Are they completing or have they completed a carbon inventory?

* Have they developed an actionable sustainability plan?

* Does the school have any achievements or recognizable qualities for environmental commitment?

Remember, if the  campus  reps for the green  campus  initiatives don’t know the answers to those questions, ask someone else! Making sure your university is a green university will not only help your generation take what they were given and turn it into something better, but make a mark for future generations to enjoy Mother Earth.