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UW-Eau Claire on list of ‘green colleges’

| Gary Johnson

Photo caption: The 2022 edition of the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges acknowledges UW-Eau Claire's commitment to the environment and sustainability. (Photo by Shane Opatz)

The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is among the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to the 2022 edition of the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges.

This year’s guide, which acknowledges universities’ commitment to the environment and sustainability, is the 12th annual publication. It profiles 420 colleges chosen from 835 schools in the U.S. and Canada surveyed for the project.  

The Princeton Review, a well-known education services company, selected the colleges based on green rating scores on 25 data points.

Brian Drollinger, UW-Eau Claire’s director of risk management, safety and sustainability, says the university is committed to doing its part to create a more sustainable campus and community.

Among the initiatives UW-Eau Claire has undertaken are:

  • Incorporated LED lighting throughout campus.
  • Utilized composting in Davies Center.
  • Eliminated coal from the campus fuel mix and no longer burns it in the heating plant.
  • Implementing “closed-loop technology” solutions for sustainable dining.
  • Created the Chancellor’s Advisory Council on Sustainability.
  • Established and supports numerous “green” student organizations, including Student Office of Sustainability, Students Encouraging Environmental Deeds and Conservation Club.