- Associated Press - Thursday, December 18, 2014

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) - Western Michigan University has received a “Best of Green Schools” designation from a national organization that supports environmentally friendly buildings and communities.

The U.S. Green Building Council selected the university in Kalamazoo as its winner in the higher education institution category for this year.

Western Michigan was honored for two decades of efforts to operate more sustainably, beginning in the 1990s when it stopped using coal and began recycling.

The council says that since then, the university has been a leader through efforts such as conserving energy and reducing waste. It also supports research of green manufacturing practices and has 20 campus buildings that are certified or registered under the LEED program, which encourages sustainable design and construction.

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