The University of Texas-Pan American has been selected as an exemplary school by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Campus Ecology Program for its efforts to develop an environmentally sustainable campus.
UTPA received the national recognition for taking the lead on environmental goal-setting and environmental policies in the first national survey of college and university environmental practices conducted by the NWF, "State of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education."
"We are extremely pleased to be recognized for leadership in our campus environmental goals and policies," said UTPA President Dr. Miguel A. Nevárez. "The University of Texas-Pan American strives to demonstrate leadership in all areas to benefit the Rio Grande Valley and all of South Texas."
Among the schools ranked with UTPA in goal setting and policies were Duke University (Durham, N.C.), Mississippi State University (Starkville), Oral Roberts University (Tulsa, Okla.), College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine), and Warren Wilson College (Swannanoa, N.C.).
"A surprising number of colleges and universities, of all types and sizes and in all regions of the country, are taking a lead role in striking a balance between the needs of people and the environment," said Julian Keniry, Campus Ecology Program manager. "The best campuses in this survey are providing a green compass for others to follow."
The "State of the Campus Environment" findings were based on the responses of 891 institutions of higher education in the United States from presidents, academic provosts, and chiefs of administrations and operations. Its purpose is to highlight the universities and colleges making the grade in embracing sound environmental practices and bring to light those higher education institutions lagging behind.
The NWF Campus Ecology Program was established in 1989 to work with the college campus community to promote ecological stewardship on campuses and in their surrounding communities. The National Wildlife Federation is the nation's largest-member supported conservation advocacy and education group.
For more information or a complete copy of the "State of the Campus Environment," log on to www.nwf.org/campusecology .