Tuesday, April 17, 2012 9:47 PM EDT
NEW BRITAIN — The nationally recognized Princeton Review is giving Central Connecticut State University a green thumbs-up for being “one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada.”
The education services company selected CCSU for inclusion in the third annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” which was released Tuesday.
“Since The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges annual evaluation began three years ago, CCSU has consistently earned a place at the top, and we are very proud to be among those select colleges and universities leading the green movement on campuses across the U.S.,” CCSU President Jack Miller said.
CCSU began its deep commitment to environmental sustainability in 2007 when Miller became a signatory to the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
“The Guide to 322 Green Colleges” was created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org).
The Princeton Review selected the schools based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges polled in 2011 about their school’s sustainability initiatives.
“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher of The Princeton Review. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 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.”
“Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices,” he said. “To that end, we highly recommend the terrific schools in this book.”
At CCSU, Miller’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability developed a Climate Action Plan, and the university has successfully undertaken a number of initiatives to reach its goal of achieving climate neutrality by 2050.
Among them are a state-of-the-art energy center that has been constructed, a new fuel-cell power plant is in place, outdoor lighting has been converted to light-emitting diode lamps, and dining services has gone trayless.
On the academic side, the master of science in geography with a specialty in global sustainability has been established and the Geography Department organizes an annual Global Sustainability Symposium offering the public the latest research and information on related topics.
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.