TU earns green honors
For the third straight year, Towson was included in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.
Some employees who work to make the campus more environmentally friendly said they are honored to have made Princeton’s list.
“We are especially proud of being named again as one of the greenest colleges in the nation,” Kris Phillips, the director of facilities planning, said.
Phillips is currently in charge of the sustainability issues.
Each year, the Environmental Team at Towson develops new ways to make the campus more environmentally friendly.
A list developed by Towson’s Environmental Team details the green projects at Towson and their histories.
Existing initiatives include Trayless Tuesdays, where the campus dining halls remove trays in an effort to reduce waste, and the RecycALL program, which began in 2008.
The program has added more than 2,800 recycling bins across campus.
Initiatives that may be relatively unknown to students include smart-meter systems and the storm water master plan.
The smart-meter systems are used to promote energy efficiency by tracking energy usage to develop standards for future reduction.
The storm water master plan involves placing storm water vaults around campus.
Some students said they feel Towson does a good job keeping the campus environmentally friendly.
“I’m definitely not the greenest person, but I think Towson does an OK job,” junior Andy Gough said. “My complaint is that Towson being green makes me use a lot of paper from home, because it is so expensive to print at school.”
Some students said they feel that although Towson has been named a top school, there is always room for improvement.
“I think Towson has done a pretty good job,” senior Rachel Masin said. “Not everything is 100 percent yet, but we’re on the right track.”
More information on green initiatives can be found on the Go Green page at Towson.edu.