UofL gets recognition for green efforts

By Jon Chrisos - bio | email

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The University of Louisville is getting national recognition for its efforts to go green. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability gave UofL a top rating for what it's doing to reduce its environmental impact.

The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS) was developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability. The group encourages schools to adopt practices that are good for the environment.

"If we are to be a premier metropolitan research university, one of the things that requires is for us to care about our environment and to do everything we can do as a university to ensure a sustainable future for all of us," UofL Provost Shirley Willihnganz said.

Schools have to apply and gather data in dozens of areas like energy efficiency, building design, and recycling. They also got points for installing energy efficient lighting. But it's not all about environmental performance. UofL students also logged more than 270,000 hours of community service last year.

"What this suggests is how important things like community service are to sustainability. It talks about how we're a member of this community and how we're a good neighbor," Justin Mog, UofL Associate Provost for Sustainability Initiatives, said.

Up next, school leaders say they're going for the gold. Louisville is the first school in Kentucky to get the silver star, joining eight other schools. The University of Colorado-Boulder is the only school with a gold designation.

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