The Princeton Review recognizes Drury in annual “Guide to Green Colleges”
SPRINGFIELD, Mo., November 5, 2018 — The Princeton Review has once again named Drury University one of the most environmentally responsible schools in the United States on its annual “Guide to 399 Green Colleges.” More than 2,000 schools were considered for this list.
This marks a return to the list for Drury, which last appeared on The Princeton Review’s guide in 2015. A plethora of recent developments in sustainability have helped Drury secure its position on this year’s list. Recent developments in sustainability at Drury include:
- A commitment to transition all exterior campus lighting to LED – Approximately 90 percent of Drury exterior campus lighting has already made the switch to LED lights, which last longer and are many times more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs. Grants from the Sunderland Foundation and the Walmart Foundation have helped fund the upgrades.
- Designation as “Tree Campus USA” – The Arbor Day Foundation has recognized Drury for its urban forest management efforts in each of the past four years. Drury’s campus contains over 1,000 trees of 90 different species.
- Native landscape restoration – A recent grant from the Missouri Department of Conservation has helped fund a project to transform two-thirds of an acre on campus into a functional haven for native flora and fauna.
- High efficiency equipment upgrades – Since 2015, Drury has installed three high efficiency, low nitrogen oxide boilers in order to heat buildings more efficiently and sustainably. Drury has also installed variable frequency drives on all motors that are 15 horsepower or greater, which has reduced energy use by more than 10 percent across campus. Drury is transitioning to the use of more environmentally friendly refrigerants as well.
- Water bottle filling stations – Drury’s Student Government Association has used funding to install new water stations across campus. These stations are intended to eliminate waste by reducing the need for disposable plastic water bottles and encouraging reusable containers.
- Other past efforts include the retrofitting of historic Stone Chapel with geothermal heating and cooling and the removal of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water use.
The Princeton Review uses data from annual surveys to evaluate a school’s environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings. Rather than focusing only on the institution’s environmental impact, the guide also considers the degree to which students themselves report that sustainability issues influence their education.
The complete list of 399 schools and more information about how they were selected can be found online at: https://www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide.