Mississippi Valley State University was recently ranked as one of the nation’s most eco-friendly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by the Building Green Initiative (BGI) housed on the campus of Clark Atlanta University.
“Black colleges are going green,” said Felicia Davis, BGI director. “This survey provides a clear picture of the wide-ranging activities underway at HBCUs to generate renewable energy, build to LEED Gold Certification standards and engage students in green initiatives, ecological curriculum and sustainable lifestyles.”
Rankings were determined by analyzing responses from 43 participating HBCUs in the areas of administration, energy efficiency, green building, recycling, renewable energy generation, food, transportation, purchasing and student involvement.
The participating schools were separated into two ranking categories- public and private institutions. MVSU ranked fifth in a three-way tie between Morgan State University and Bowie State University.
“Our motto is Sustainability equals Stability, said LaFecia Hoover, sustainability coordinator.” “As a community, we consider it our responsibility to leave our world in better shape for future generations. If we create a sustainable environment in the world we live in, it can be strengthened and it will survive for many lifetimes.”
MVSU’s sustainability facility has a fully operational recycling center, which collects paper, plastics and cardboard. The Sustainability Initiative has provided four MVSU students with book scholarships and is currently working to promote greater student involvement by implementing the Valley Green Team- a student organization designed to promote campus sustainability by offering stellar examples of environmental health. In an effort to reduce energy consumption, MVSU is implementing an Energy Management Plan, according to Hoover. The plan will focus on instituting cost-effective energy saving measures on all campus buildings.
MVSU’s Sustainability Initiative creates awareness, facilitates transformative dialogue and provides opportunities for meaningful activities geared toward the development of a sustainable campus and community.
Here’s a look at the other schools that made the list
- University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, MD)
- Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, FL)
- Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, NC)
- North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University (Greensboro, NC)
- (Three-Way Tie) Morgan State University (Baltimore, MD), Bowie State University (Bowie, MD) & Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, MS)
- Spelman College (Atlanta, GA)
- Howard University (Washington, DC)
- Morehouse College (Atlanta, GA)
- Livingstone College (Salisbury, NC)
(Tie) Claflin University (Orangeburg, SC) & Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta, GA)