For Immediate Release
April 20, 2010
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Brockport, NY — The College at Brockport, State University of New York has been named to the Princeton Review “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” which sited the College for its commitment to environmental sustainability.
In an effort to recognize the impressive environmental and sustainability programs at universities and colleges across the country, The Princeton Review partnered with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), announcing the release of the comprehensive Guidebook solely focused on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day (April 22nd), the Guide – which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide – profiles the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses. From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using USGBC’s LEED green building certification program, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs, and much more.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC, reports, “Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs… graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities.”
How the Schools Were Chosen
The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Rating” scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review’s “Green Rating” is a numerical score from 60 – 99 that’s based on several data points. In 2008, The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave “Green Ratings” to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on their “Green Rating” scores.
"All of the schools in this book… are exemplary green institutions. Each and every one of them understands the urgent need to implement an infrastructure that will allow students to live and learn sustainably. The Princeton Review
The College at Brockport has instituted several energy saving programs as part of SUNY-wide sustainability efforts. Approximately $12 million has been invested in a variety of energy-related initiatives on campus. In 2007, the 52-unit College at Brockport Townhome Residential Living Complex opened with many green features, including the use of geothermal heat pumps for heating and cooling, specialized insulation, and two storm water ponds that reduce runoff into local streams and creeks.
Founded in 2004, the College’s Green Campus Initiative has worked with campus administration to create several protocols for recycling and to promote the use of alternative transportation on campus. Dining services also has made significant strides toward the practice of sound environmental stewardship. Energy Star appliances have been installed, trays have been eliminated from Brockway Dining Hall, and local purveyors and farm producers supply 15 percent of the food. Other efforts include the use of ecofriendly products such as refillable mugs, advanced recycling efforts, and the use of environmentally friendly cleaning products. Students who wish to receive a formal introduction to sustainability issues will appreciate that the College offers a course in Environmental Studies. The research-based course has featured projects in biodiesel production, recycling on campus, energy curtailment programs, and wind/solar energy options. The Environmentally Conscious Organization for Society (ECOS) is a student group promoting environmental events and sustainability on campus.
College at Brockport Green Facts
Available transportation alternatives: bike share/rent, carpool parking
School has formal Sustainability Committee
Environmental Studies degree available
School provides guidance on green jobs Percent of the school cleaning products that are green-certified—90
Percent of the school grounds maintained organically—50
Percent of school energy from renewable resources—20
The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
The College at Brockport, State University of New York
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