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04-16-2013

Princeton Review: Clarkson University One of Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges in U.S. and Canada

Clarkson University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review: 322 Green Colleges, 2013 EditionThe company selected Clarkson for inclusion in the just-released fourth annual edition of its free, downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition."

Clarkson has a number of convention-defying environmental initiatives, including an innovative and integrated greenhouse to grow vegetables in cold climates, coupled with an anaerobic digester to convert food waste to energy; and two sustainability minors: sustainable energy systems engineering and sustainable solutions for the developing world.

As part of its commitment to sustainability, Clarkson has also adopted green building policies, such as a commitment to meeting at least LEED Silver criteria on all current and future construction.

In 2012, the new Student Center building achieved LEED Silver certification.

Clarkson’s Institute for a Sustainable Environment sponsors workshops, seminars, and a small grants program, as well as undergraduate and graduate-level research experiences on a variety of projects around renewable energy, clean water, and air quality.

Associate Director of Sustainability Susan E. Powers, the Spence Professor in Sustainable Environmental Systems, ensures that sustainable practices are incorporated into every aspect of campus life. 

“The last few years have shown a dramatic increase in the number and quality of sustainability events on campus,” says Powers. "The most compelling argument for our continued increase in score from the Princeton Review is the extent that groups from across campus are participating and organizing sustainability events and initiatives.

"Some examples include Spectrum’s TEDx event, Alumni Relations' Clarkson’s Serves event this weekend, the ECO and Synergy clubs early Earth day Celebration, and major seminars from many areas of campus."

Created by the Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for the guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2012 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Published on April 16, just a few days prior to the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.

The free guide can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide .

"We are truly pleased to recommend Clarkson University along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices," says Robert Franek, senior VP/publisher, the Princeton Review.

Franek noted his company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. "Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he says. 

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

"Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information," says Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. "We’re thrilled to team up with the Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students' choices a little easier.”

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/green-guide-2013.jpg .]

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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