Baylor is one of eight universities from Texas and one of three Big 12 Conference schools among the 201 four-year colleges and universities honored for their campus sustainability practices.
To determine the rankings, the Sierra Club collaborates with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to use raw data from AASHE’s STARS Reporting Tool, which gives colleges and universities a method for tracking and assessing their sustainability programs and scores the data across 64 questions. This year's scoring methodology was updated to reflect trends in campus sustainability, with emphasis on energy and transportation.
"What an honor it is to be named among the most environmentally friendly colleges and universities in the country," said Smith Getterman, assistant director of sustainability and special projects at Baylor. "This is the result of the hard work and dedication of our faculty, staff, students and even alumni. It's a testament to the fact that Baylor, as a Christian institution of higher education, takes our role very seriously as we work to be better stewards of our resources today and educate the leaders of tomorrow to do the same, wherever they go."
Getterman pointed out some specific successes last year, including 41,392 pounds of goods collected from students moving out of residence halls and apartments in May and donated to local nonprofits.
In addition, Campus Living & Learning recycled 368 mattresses from residence halls instead of sending them to landfills.
More information about the university’s sustainability efforts is available at baylor.edu/sustainability