Westminster Celebrates Earth Day 2013 as one of Princeton Review's "Greenest Colleges"

Apr 16, 2013

April 16, 2013 SALT LAKE CITY - For the second year in a row, Westminster is proud to announce its inclusion in the Princeton Review's 2013 "Guide to 322 Green Colleges." The college celebrated the announcement during its 2013 Earth Day event on April 18, 2013. Westminster's Environmental Center kicked off the event with the Bicycle Collective's new pedal-powered smoothie bike, and offered free smoothies to the campus community. Earth Day 2013 also included free vegan dogs from World Dog, music from Sugartown Alley, electronic waste recycling, games and more. More than 30 campus and community groups were represented at this year's event. "As one of the country's greenest colleges, Westminster has worked hard to be a model for sustainability," said Kerry Case, director of Westminster's Environmental Center. "Earth Day is one of our favorite ways to promote environmental awareness and engagement throughout our campus, and we hope this year's event helped educate and connect students and the environmental community." This year, Westminster launched its newest green program which invited students to measure their "Green Point Average," or alternative GPA, by reporting their sustainability efforts in the following areas: energy, water, transportation, recycling, food, purchasing, involvement and innovation. Prizes were awarded to those who achieve top GPA ratings. "Westminster is also very proud to have been selected again as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country by the Princeton Review," added Case. "We are especially pleased that the guide has recognized our LEED Platinum Meldrum Science Center and our efforts to become carbon neutral by 2030." Some of the Westminster's past Earth Day events have included the launch of the college's free bike program, Westminster Wheels; the announcement of the Princeton Review's top green college rating and the STARS (Sustainability Tracking and Rating System) Silver rating; the unveiling of the first-ever solar panel installation on a Utah college campus; tours of the campus chicken coop and organic garden; and the opening of Westminster's Bicycle Collective, to name a few. For more information on Westminster's environmental programs, visit www.westminstercollege.edu/environmental_center/.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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