CSUMB Recognized for Sustainability Efforts
May 24, 2012
The 2012 edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges has named CSU-Monterey Bay as one of the most eco-friendly in the U.S. and Canada—and the guide didn't even mention the LEED certifiable library, the highlight of the CSUMB campus.
The Princeton Review, a well known education service company, partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council, responsible for the LEED certification system, to compile this guide. The guide rates the "greenness" of colleges based on their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career prep.
The CSUMB campus has implemented significant energy efficiency projects. Six and half acres of solar panels provide 16 percent of their energy needs. In the past three years, they have also retrofitted 90 percent of their buildings for energy efficiency purposes.
Their academic offerings include environmentally responsible inspired subjects such as environmental writing and food ethics.
And while we are on the subject of food, their food services strive for sustainability as well. CSUMB eateries feature organic foods and compostable packaging, and they reuse their cooking oil.
The campus also works hard to recycle, and boasts a 50 percent waste diversion rate.