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Reed was named among the leading green colleges in a recent report on environmental practices at the nation’s colleges and universities conducted by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF). Nearly a quarter of U.S. institutions of higher education participated in the study, with responses from 891 institutions.

Reed was specifically named among the top schools for doing more with energy efficiency and conservation, recycling, solid waste, and materials flow; it was also among the leading schools for land and ground management and transportation programs.

"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, manager of NWF’s Campus Ecology program. "The best campuses in this survey are providing a green compass for others to follow."

Reed has a number of programs in place in order to more effectively make the campus as green as possible. Among other changes, the college has retrofitted lighting to low wattage alternatives and installed computerized energy management programs for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems on campus. Reed’s master landscape plan emphasizes water conservation and the use of native plant materials that minimize water and fertilizer requirements for maintaining plant health.

Reed was cited for transportation leadership, reflecting the college’s program to convert service vehicles to electric power and its commitment to providing parking spaces for carpool vehicles and subsidies for bus passes and encouraging the use of alternate transportation for faculty, students, and staff.

The student-run Greenboard has taken an active role in campus recycling for many years. Their efforts have kept a large percentage of the college’s recyclable cardboard, paper, metal, and glass out of the waste stream.

The National Wildlife Federation is the nation’s largest member-supported conservation advocacy and education group. Since 1936, it has educated and inspired families to uphold America’s conservation tradition and united people from all walks of life to protect nature, wildlife, and the world we share.

NWF’s 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.

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