UNT's green efforts recognized by The Princeton Review

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- The University of North Texas has been included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges for the second consecutive year.

The guide recognizes institutions of higher education in the U.S. and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The guide is released in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council – the organization that oversees the LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, ranking system.

UNT has committed to achieving LEED Silver certification for all new buildings. This past fall UNT opened two LEED certified buildings. The new Business Leadership Building earned LEED Gold certification, and Apogee Stadium became the nation's first collegiate stadium to achieve LEED Platinum certification. Earlier this year, the installation of three 100 kW community-scale wind turbines near Apogee Stadium also was completed.

Additionally, UNT has made a major commitment to energy savings and sustainability with its UNT SMART initiative. A 30-month, campus-wide, energy savings initiative expected to save the university $3.2 million a year for the next 20. The university also just completed a unique research facility, known as the Zero Energy Research Laboratory, which will allow researchers and students to study and develop green energy technologies.

In 2008 UNT became the first university in Texas to sign the American College and University President's Climate Commitment. Currently, UNT has completed all but two of the tangible actions outlined by the ACUPCC, and achieved Silver ranking in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), making it the leading green university in Texas.

For additional information about UNT's commitment to the environment, visit the UNT Office of Sustainability's website. The full "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" – the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges – can be downloaded at The Princeton Review web site and the Center for Green Schools web site.

UNT News Service Phone Number: (940) 565-2108

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