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04-17-2012

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

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

Seal: Princeton Review 322 Green Colleges 2012 EditionThe company selected Clarkson for inclusion in the just-released third annual edition of its free, downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition."

Clarkson joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

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 new 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 pursuing LEED Silver certification on all current and future construction.

In 2011, the new Technology Advancement Center building exceeded that requirement, achieving LEED Gold 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. And the data shows that students support these initiatives.

“A recent survey of freshmen shows that Clarkson students are more concerned with protecting the environment than typical freshmen at comparable private universities,” says Powers. “Fifty-five percent think that adopting green practices to protect the environment is essential or very important. In contrast, only 38 percent of freshman at the comparison schools thought so.”

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 2011 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 17, just a few days prior to the 42nd anniversary 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 .

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification.

"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," says Robert Franek, senior VP/publisher of the Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly seven out of ten (68 percent) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school."

"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line," says Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council. "We launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC with a vision of green schools for all within this generation. Partnering with the Princeton Review to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses."

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.

[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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