Cool Schools 2013
From Failing Grade to Sustainability Standout...
Texas Tech earns a second Sierra Magazine Cool Schools rating.
On August 14, 2013, Sierra Magazine announced the 2013 Cools Schools and Texas Tech has made the list for a second year. As an added bonus, Tech posted an impressive 153 percent score improvement over 2012.
Produced by Sierra Magazine, Cool Schools rates universities on their overall sustainability efforts. The scoring format is based on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS system. Schools are rated in eleven categories, and on a scale of 1000 possible points. Universities must score at least 100 points to qualify as a Cool School.
In September 2008 Sierra Magazine issued Texas Tech a failing grade for its lack of eco-initiatives. Redoubling sustainability efforts, Tech began making significant changes. Four years later the efforts paid off when, in 2012, Tech was named as a Cool School with a score of 171, the only qualifying Texas university. A push by Hugh Cronin, Assistant Vice President, Operations Division, and Brad Johnson, Office of Sustainability, resulted in a second Cools Schools naming for 2013. Tech also managed a much improved score of 433, outpacing all but one of the four qualifying Texas universities and leaving TTU the highest ranked Big Twelve representative.
Cronin and Johnson both heap credit on the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech.
"There's a lot more happening on campus than anyone realizes, we just put it all together
into a package for the Cool Schools submission," said Johnson. "There's not a single department or group who isn't doing
something about being better stewards, and we get calls every day from people asking
what else they can do to help." Johnson also added that getting the information together
gave them a much better insight into previously unrecognized sustainability efforts,
and has resulted in many improvements. "There is a lot more to be done, and plans
are underway to highlight, focus, and better coordinate overall campus efforts." Those
efforts include several Operations Division efficiency projects and the Office of
Sustainability's recently announced SustainTECH campus sustainability partnership program.
Click here for the complete 2013 Cool Schools list.
Click here for the complete 2012 Cool Schools list.