Winona State University named one of country’s greenest colleges

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WINONA, Minn. (WKBT)- Winona State University (WSU) is recognized by the Princeton Review in their 2019 edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.”

WSU was selected based on an annual survey distributed to administrators and their commitment to the environment and sustainability.

A series of initiatives to create a healthier and more sustainable campus and community of learners was implemented at WSU. “Among the most critical institutional commitments are the President’s Climate Commitment pledge to pursue carbon neutrality, the addition of a WSU Student Green Fee, the idea of which was initiated by students, and the establishment and expansion of WSU’s sustainability minor,” explains Nathan Engstrom, WSU’s sustainability officer.

Students also play a part in making a sustainable campus. Engstrom explains, “Students play a critical role in advocating for sustainability and providing leadership across a wide range of policy and practice arenas.”

Student Sustainability Assistants create opportunities for peers to engage in learning opportunities and projects that promote a more sustainable lifestyle. The establishment of the student initiated WSU Student Green Fee allows funding for projects that enhance the student experience and promote a sustainable lifestyle. WSU also offers a sustainability minor to educate graduates with knowledge and ideas to employ sustainable projects and ideas in the workforce.

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