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April 28, 2011 Volume 32, No. 29

MU’s sustainability efforts celebrated

“Mizzou is known for a lot of things: great Division-I athletic teams, one of the nation’s largest Greek systems, not to mention fantastic academics. But now it’s known for something else: being a sustainability rock star.”

That’s according to the recently released Princeton Review Guide to 311 Green Colleges, which profiles the nation’s most eco-friendly campuses. Based on surveys of school administrators, the guide features statistics on sustainability, information about environmental majors, green job placement, transportation alternatives and more.

Among the facts noted about MU:

  • More than 100 tons of recyclables have been collected at home football games over the last six years.
  • Energy conservation saves the campus 20 percent of energy costs, with an ongoing goal to save an additional 1 percent each year.
  • A 100 percent biomass boiler at the MU Power Plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 25 percent.