Going Green in the Ivy Halls


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Campus Green Initiatives at Private Colleges and Universities

Click the map below to see what's going green at America's private colleges

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Campus Sustainability: A Growing Trend

The ivy halls of higher education are getting greener.  Increasingly, private colleges and universities are promoting environmental sustainability on campus, providing a better quality of life for their students and communities and cutting back on skyrocketing utility costs.

University Examples

Stanford University, California - Stanford "has allocated $15 million for major capital improvements to the most energy-intensive buildings on campus." "Altogether, the improvements are expected to save $4.2 million annually and reduce total energy use in these buildings by 28 percent." Link to university's sustainability website

Sterling College, Vermont - 25% of food served in the dining hall is grown on campus, all other food is sourced from regional vendors.  Link to university's sustainability website

Texas Christian University, Texas - TCU has projected of annual savings of $1.6 million as a result of upgrades in building energy efficiency.  Link to university's sustainability website

University of Notre Dame, Indiana - The University Notre Dame finished their 1st of 2 phases increasing energy conservation on campus. After the 2nd phase of projects it is estimated that Notre Dame will annually save over $1 million and reduce campus CO2 emissions by 14,900 tons.  Link to university's sustainability website

University of Redlands, California - The University of Redlands received a $739,000 rebate from the energy company due to savings from their cogeneration plant.  Link to university's sustainability website

What NAICU Has Found

NAICU's continuously updated list of campus examples highlights the growing number of green initiatives taking place at the nation's private colleges and universities.

Visit our Google map, use our categorized table of sustainability initiatives, or browse our web list to learn more about each institution's individual efforts to become stewards of the Earth's delicate environment.  

See Our Categorized Table of Sustainable Campus Initiatives

See our categorized and sortable list of private college sustainability initiatives.  The new list is a work in progress and is our initial sampling.  Please check back often as it will be updated regularly as we add more schools and their programs.  If your institute would like to send more information regarding your programs, please e-mail us at pr@naicu.edu with [Green Initiatives] in the subject line.  

The categories we look at are:

  • Recycling/Waste
  • Transportation
  • LEED Certification
  • Landscaping
  • Water Management
  • Food
  • Energy Management
  • Green House Gases (GHG)
  • Campus Groups, Courses, and Policies 


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National Indicators

  • A striking measure of this national trend comes from the U.S. Green Building Council. According to USGBC, the number of building projects registered for the organization's LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification is now roughly one third of all new construction. The annual increase skyrocketed since 2005 when it was only 2% of new construction.


  • The American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment is another way colleges and universities are working to help the environment. The commitment, which already has more than 500 signatories, is signed by college and university presidents who pledge to eliminate greenhouse gases by modeling ways to cut carbon emissions, and by exercising their leadership on campus and in their communities.


For More Information

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