Green Universities: The Example of Western Kentucky University

  • Leslie A. North
  • Christian N. Ryan


The mission of any educational institution is to prepare students to be productive, engaged, and socially responsible leaders in an increasingly global society; thus, educational institutions, as places of learning, are in a unique position to affect change on both local and global scales. In this chapter, Western Kentucky University (WKU) serves as a case study site to illustrate how a university can use collective, innovative thinking to participate effectively in the sustainability movement. The sustainability efforts at WKU aim to reduce college costs, increase retention, increase employability, and foster civic and community skills. Efforts related to energy conservation, effective education, and the development of a healthy campus community at WKU are highlighted.


Energy conservation Engaged education Green campus Western Kentucky University 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leslie A. North
    • 1
  • Christian N. Ryan
    • 1
  1. 1.Western Kentucky UniversityBowling GreenUSA

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