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SU Ranked as an Affordable Eco-Friendly College

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SALISBURY, Md. – Best Choice Schools, a website dedicated to providing college information for students, recently applauded Salisbury University's “green” efforts.

The site named Salisbury University among the nation's “50 Great Affordable Eco-Friendly Colleges.” Best Choice Schools praised Salisbury University's recycling program, which has recycled 6 million pounds of material since it started more than two decades ago.

Most recently, a food waste recycling partnership with Delaware-based Blue Hen Organics has allowed Salisbury University to divert more than 50% of its annual waste from landfills.

The site also noted Salisbury University's residence halls are equipped with Energy Star washers and dryers. Nearly every building on campus before 2008 has received energy-saving components through a partnership with Pepco Energy Services Inc., expected to save the campus more than $5 million in energy costs through 2021.

Best Choice Schools praised SU's students for being environmentally minded and for majoring in environmental studies, or joining organizations and initiatives including the Environmental Students Association, Smart Growth Club, Green Floor Living Learning Community, and the Garden Club, among others.

Salisbury University's initiatives are part of the American College and Universities President's Climate Commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses to a net of zero by 2050, signed by Salisbury University's President Janet Dudley-Eshbach in 2007.

Salisbury University is home to nine U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design buildings (LEED). The Teacher Education and Technology Center, which opened in 2008, is the Eastern Shore's first LEED-certified new construction project.

Salisbury University is one of four Maryland campuses on the Best Choice Schools list, which included Towson, Frostburg State, and Morgan State Universities.

For more information, call 410-543-6030 or visit the SU website. View the other schools that made the list.

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