David Letterman‘s alma mater, Ball State University, of Muncie, Indiana, is one of 50 U.S. colleges and universities recognized for their green initiatives on campus in the new issue of KIWI magazine. The KIWI Green College Report, available for download in .pdf format on the KIWI web site, to our knowledge marks the first time a consumer magazine has specifically addressed green habits on campus in such a comprehensive fashion.
Says KIWI’s editorial director, Sara Gragnolati, “When we started to research the colleges and universities that have made environmental commitments we were thrilled by the sheer volume of institutions that have made their campuses into eco education centers. It’s inspiring to know that colleges are using their tremendous influence to make sustainability and eco consciousness a way of life for their students.”
Meanwhile, Letterman presided this weekend over the dedication of a LEED-certified building in his honor at Ball State, a $21 million media and communications facility. The late-night comic, who graduated from Ball in 1969, and who thus came of age during America’s first green movement, was no doubt pleased by eco-transformation that the school has undergone since his last visit there, which was in 1979. The college’s service fleet uses biodiesel and the grounds are being beautified as part of a campus reforestation program. Said Letterman: “You who come to teach and learn on this campus are truly blessed.”
Not one to disappoint, Letterman also delivered a top-ten list called “Good Things About Having Your Name on a Building.” Number 1? “Unlike me, it should still look good at 60.” Amazing though it may seem, the comic turned that ripe young age in April.
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