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UNI featured in The Princeton Review's 'Guide to 322 Green Colleges'

April 21, 2014

Eric O'Brien, UNI sustainability coordinator, 319-273-7207,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The University of Northern Iowa is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" recognizes colleges and universities that demonstrate an above-average commitment to sustainability. UNI's rating of 95 out of 99 was the highest score of any school in Iowa, with the next highest score being 89.

"Much of UNI's excellent rating in the Princeton Review can be attributed to the numerous student driven initiatives that have resulted in institutional changes," said Eric O'Brien, UNI's sustainability coordinator. "From their excitement to improve campus to their genuine interest in getting involved, students are powerful forces in UNI's sustainability efforts."

There is a diverse range of initiatives contributing to UNI's rating. One project saw more than 40 water bottle refill stations installed on campus, resulting in more than 400,000 refills in the last nine months. A similarly successful program was the launch of UNI's student-run garden, the Panther Plot. In its first year, students harvested fruits and vegetables that were served in UNI Dining Centers and sold on campus through a student-run produce stand.

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For more information about UNI's sustainability efforts, including what's planned for Earth Week, Monday, April 21, through Friday, April 25, visit or contact O'Brien at 319-273-7207 or