The University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University were the top green public universities among historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), while Spelman College and Howard University topped the list for private HBCUs, according to a press release from the Building Green Initiative (BGI) at Clark Atlanta University.
The findings are a result of survey that ranked the nation’s most eco-friendly HBCUs.
"Black colleges are going green," said BGI director Felicia Davis in a press release. "This survey provides a clear picture of the wide-ranging activities underway at HBCUs to generate renewable energy, build to LEED Gold Certification standards and engage students in green initiatives, ecological curriculum and sustainable lifestyles."
Rankings were determined by analyzing responses from 43 participating HBCUs in the areas of administration, energy efficiency, green building, recycling, renewable energy generation, food, transportation, purchasing, and student involvement, the release said.
The schools were separated into two ranking categories: public and private institutions. Of the colleges surveyed, the top five green HBCUs in each category for 2014 are:
1. University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Princess Anne, Md.)
2. Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (Tallahassee, Fla.)
3. Elizabeth City State University (Elizabeth City, N.C.)
4. North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University (Greensboro, N.C.)
5. (Three-Way Tie) Morgan State University (Baltimore), Bowie State University (Bowie, Md.) & Mississippi Valley State University (Itta Bena, Miss.)
1. Spelman College (Atlanta)
2. Howard University (Washington)
3. Morehouse College (Atlanta)
4. Livingstone College (Salisbury, N.C.)
5. (Tie) Claflin University (Orangeburg, S.C.) & Clark Atlanta University (Atlanta)