HPU Recognized As One Of The 'Greenest' Schools In America


HIGH POINT, N.C., Sept. 21, 2011 – High Point University’s sustainability efforts were recently recognized when the university was named one of the top “green” schools in the country on the Sierra Club’s list of America’s Coolest Schools.

The list ranks schools across the United States based on their eco-friendly conduct in areas including energy, efficiency, transportation, waste, and various other aspects. The list is based on extensive research and surveys completed by each school.

“As good stewards of our environment, we strive to enhance our sustainability efforts throughout campus,” says Troy Thompson, director of WOW! “It’s rewarding to see our practices being embraced by students and recognized by the Sierra Club.”

Some of the many measures HPU has taken to help reduce its environmental footprint include:

- One of five universities to receive Tree Campus USA designation; 
- The School of Education will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified; 
- Nineteen arboretum and botanical gardens, featuring two Bio Retention Cell rain gardens; 
- Campus-wide recycling and active participation in Recyclemania; 
- Trayless dining, green food providers, and all recycled products in dining locations; and 
- Free bike check-out for all students.

HPU has taken another step toward a green campus with the recent addition of WeCar, a new ride-share program. The program is based on the idea of contributing to a cleaner, greener environment, so the fleet is made up hybrid and highly fuel-efficient vehicles. HPU has two Toyota Prius’ available.

This is the fifth year Sierra magazine has published its list that ranks U.S. universities on “greenness.” This year is HPU’s first time being featured on the list. Sierra is the magazine of the Sierra Club, an organization devoted to love for nature and a green planet.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students from 51 countries and 46 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. ranks HPU in the top 7 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 50 undergraduate majors, 43 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist


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