Students sit on lawn outside Welcome CentreThe University of Windsor wins high marks for its urban campus in ranking among the greenest post-secondary institutions in North America.

Windsor wins high ranking for environmental commitment

The University of Windsor has once again been ranked among the greenest post-secondary institutions in North America by the Princeton Review.

The Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges, 2017, profiles universities and colleges with exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

UWindsor is one of only 18 Canadian universities ranked among the greenest in 2017. The University also made the list two years ago.

The Princeton Review choses institutions based on “Green Rating” scores that the U.S.-based company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from a survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

The Review says the rating, on a scale of 60 to 99, provides a comprehensive measure of a school’s performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution. The University of Windsor received a Green Rating of 83 out of 99.

Specifically, the Green Rating measures:

  • Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable;
  • How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and
  • How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

In the Green Guide, UWindsor is profiled as an “urban campus, which is easily accessible by foot, bus and bike (the preferred methods of student transport), is also near one of the busiest trade crossings between the U.S. and Canada. This proximity makes the university acutely aware of the environmental and financial impact of trade, motor vehicles, and the gasoline they require.”

The university is cited for programs that place an emphasis on transportation electrification, wind power, solar energy, and smart grid technology, and “bring together industry experts, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows for research and development a focus on complex environmental problems.”

As well, UWindsor gets high marks for a commitment to sustainability, has an environmental advocate, a food budget that includes local and organic foods, a bike-share program, and reduced-price transit passes for students.

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