Texas Tech Named Environmentally Responsible College
Red Raiders included in Princeton Review's annual list of green colleges.
Written by Callie Jones
Texas Tech University is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.
“We have worked hard to ensure we are more sustainable than ever before,” said President M. Duane Nellis. “Texas Tech is committed to providing a green campus for our current students, faculty and staff as well as for future generations to enjoy this beautiful university.”
The education services company known for its test prep programs, college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Texas Tech in the fifth annual edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools.
“Texas Tech University has made an admirable green turnaround after being named by the Sierra Club in 2008 as having, well, a lot of room to improve its sustainability practices,” reads the profile. “Academically, Texas Tech now offers an undergraduate major in environmental sustainability and research opportunities at the Texas Wind Energy Institute, and boasts more than fifty faculty members involved in active sustainability research.”
The profile goes on to highlight the College of Architecture’s Sustainable Cabin project, student environmental groups, and the 9.2 million square feet of facilities meeting sustainability eligibility requirements. The Princeton Review also notes Texas Tech’s ten completely electric vehicles in its transportation fleet as well as the designated bike lanes on campus and city bus service available to students.
“An ecosystem in its own right, the university maintains a recycling station on campus that diverts 187 tons of waste from landfills,” the profile notes. “Not a bad turnaround in just five years.”
Sean Childers, assistant vice president for operations, notes that Texas Tech’s commitment to sustainability has been a team effort.
“Through the coordinated efforts of the Texas Tech University administration, Facilities Planning and Construction, colleges, University Student Housing, Hospitality Services, Transportation & Parking Services, Athletics, operations and faculty, staff and students; Texas Tech University has become and continues to grow in the area of excellence in university sustainability,” Childers said. “I look forward to seeing what level the university will be at in the next five years. It is an exciting time to be at Texas Tech and be a part of this commitment to better the environment and campus for today, tomorrow and beyond.”
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Texas Tech’s profile as well as a list of all the other schools included can be found at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
Texas Tech University System
The Texas Tech University System is one of the top public university systems in the state of Texas, consisting of four component institutions and operating at 12 academic sites and centers. Headquartered in Lubbock, Texas, the TTU System has an annual operating budget of $1.7 billion and approximately 17,000 employees focused on advancing higher education, health care, research and outreach.
In 2012, total research expenditures approached $200 million and total enrollment exceeded 43,700 students for the first time in the TTU System’s history. Whether it’s contributing billions of dollars annually in economic impact or being the only system in Texas to house an academic institution, law school, and medical school at the same location, the TTU System continues to prove that anything is possible.