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Loyola included in Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges”

| By Nick Alexopulos

Loyola University Maryland has been included in the third annual “Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” a listing of the most environmentally responsible institutions in the United States and Canada.

This is the first year Loyola has been included in the guide. Loyola and the other “Green Colleges” demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

The Princeton Review recognized Loyola for a number of green initiatives. Loyola has joined other institutions in the region, including Goucher College, Johns Hopkins University, Georgetown University, and the University of Maryland, to develop the Emergency Load Response Program (ELRP), one of the most comprehensive and unique sustainability initiatives in the nation. The ELRP consortium has volunteered to reduce electricity consumption during high-stress periods on the mid-Atlantic grid. Loyola’s other measures to reduce energy consumption include recent retrofitting of 70 percent of campus buildings, implementing programmable thermostats, and adding solar panels on the roof of one of the University’s residence halls. These measures have reduced energy consumption by 12 percent over the last three years, despite a growing campus community.

Loyola is also home to Flannery O’Conner Hall, where first-year students have the opportunity to live in a residence hall made from recycled LDPE concrete, powered by a geothermal energy system, and capped off with a green roof, which reduces heat absorption and increases water retention.

A single-stream recycling system put into place in 2006 gives Loyola has one of the best recycling rates in the country, diverting 55 percent of its waste from reaching a landfill.

Those major accomplishments, along with other achievements, led the Princeton Review to give Loyola a green rating of 85, placing the University among the top 322 schools of more than 760 evaluated.

More information about the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” is available here.

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