Ten North Carolina schools have made The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges.
Appalachian State University, Brevard College, Duke University, Elon University, Guilford College, North Carolina State University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University made the esteemed list.
The review highlights the green features of each university, and here's just a few random facts included with some of the schools:
- Appalachian State University installed the largest wind turbine in North Carolina in 2009.
- Duke University has an Eco-Olympics competition that pits dorms against each other to reduce their energy and water consumption. UNC-Chapel Hill has a similar event, the Green Games, an environmental competition among residence halls in which teams are awarded points for reducing their use of water and electricity, and for recycling hazardous materials like batteries.
- In the campus dining halls at Elon University, students go trayless in an effort to reduce water usage and food waste.
- Guilford College has recently contracted with a new dining services vendor to get 40 percent of its food from local and/or organic sources, and an in-house composting system processes 100 percent of captured dining food waste (pre- and post-consumer).
- Warren Wilson College was one of the first colleges in the country to institute on-campus recycling in the 1980s.