Willamette Recognized as First in Nation for Sustainability Activities

nwf logoA report card from the National Wildlife Federation recognized Willamette University for engaging in the most sustainability activities of all the 1,068 schools that participated in the federation's recent nationwide survey.

The NWF's report, "Campus Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education," is based on results from the nation's largest survey to gauge sustainability at colleges and universities. More than 240 individual schools are recognized and named in the report for having exemplary levels of sustainability activities, as determined by survey responses, and the school engaged in the greatest number of such activities is Willamette.

According to the NWF, "Willamette is committed to energy efficiency and conservation, greener transportation, environmentally friendly landscaping practices, as well as to orienting personnel and faculty to the sustainability goals of the campus."

Campuses were ranked according to their response to 18 items regarding the institution's commitment to sustainability. Willamette claimed 11 of the items, more than any other participating school.

"I am perhaps proudest that Willamette's sustainability achievements were largely student-initiated," Willamette President M. Lee Pelton said. "These are students whose passion, leadership and creativity transformed our campus culture. They inspire and motivate others on this campus and beyond."

David Orr, author of Earth in Mind, Ecological Literacy, The Last Refuge, and Design on the Edge, called the NWF report card "the Gold Standard for charting the sustainability movement in higher education."

The NWF created the report card in partnership with Princeton Survey Research Associates International. The survey was conducted between January and May 2008.

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