Phoenix has ‘Green’ History

ROGERS – The founder of the University of Phoenix helped in one of the first Earth Day events more than 30 years ago, and the college’s locations nationwide continue the "green" trend.

Luke Campbell, director of the university’s campus in Rogers, said the university has made it a priority to be as environmentally responsible as possible over the years, even before it became popular to do so.

"With the ‘go green’ campaigns, (the university) has been trying to do this for 30 years," he said.

The college offers a new degree online that helps students learn more about sustainable business practices, Campbell said. The green and sustainable enterprise management degree will hopefully be offered at the Rogers campus soon, he said.

The university also uses electronic or online books for all of its classes, Campbell said. The math department was the last to convert to completely online textbooks about six months ago.

"It helps decrease (our carbon footprint), but it is also a convenience to students," he said.

About four years ago, the university established its own "resource book" that contains articles and other necessary pieces of various textbooks that students need for their classes. The book is available online for a fee to students, which is still less than what they might spend on many printed textbooks, Campbell said.

According to university spokeswoman Carrie Severson, there are several other ways the university – including the Rogers campus – works to be "green." Approximately 27 percent of the power used at the northwest Arkansas campus is from renewable energy sources, she said. Other methods include the following:

  • Placing classroom hallway lighting on a timer that doesn’t turn on until 11 a.m. (most of the groups that meet at the university do so at night), thus saving more than 500 hours of energy a year;
  • Placing recycling bins around campus to collect aluminum cans and paper goods; and
  • Using recycled paper and kitchen supplies on campus and encouraging employees to use the reusable mugs that were provided to each employee by the university early last year. (NWA News)

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