Princeton Review Cites University's Sustainability Efforts

4/21/2010

The University’s efforts to be environmentally responsible have been recognized by The Princeton Review, which features the school in its Guide to 286 Green Colleges.

The new guide, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, focuses on institution of higher education that have made a noteworthy commitment to environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs, and the LEED green building certification program.

Suffolk University’s profile describes both its “green-minded education and action.”

The University “offers more than 50 courses in sustainability, ranging in areas of study from business law to science.”

Furthermore, the downloadable guide recognizes a number of ways the Suffolk University campus addresses conservation, including:

  • Environmentally sound construction practices, with a 2008 residence hall achieving LEED Gold certification
  • Retrofitted and renovated fixtures resulting in 9 percent reduction of energy consumption and 8 percent reduction of water consumption
  • Recycling program that includes composting, with more than 10,000 pounds of dining waste alone diverted from landfills
  • Sustainability officer and active sustainability committee

The data used in the guide is from a previous academic year, and even more progress has been made in the interim.

“It is very important to us that Suffolk University students have the opportunity to learn and live in a sustainable environment, and we are delighted that the Princeton Review has recognized our efforts in its Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” said Marguerite J. Dennis, vice president of Enrollment and International Programs at Suffolk University.

EPA Gold Achievement Award

The Princeton Review is but one organization that has recently recognized Suffolk University’s environmental efforts. The institutions’ employee education program on waste reduction and recycling earned a Gold Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise Program. 

RecycleMania Grand Champion

And, in the latest RecycleMania national collegiate waste reduction and recycling competition, Suffolk University placed 28th of 267 schools in the Grand Champion category, which measures waste reduction and recycling.  This placed Suffolk in the top 10 percent for the first time since it began participating in RecycleMania in 2007.

“Suffolk’s inclusion in the guide is excellent news and offers an additional incentive to continue enhancing our sustainability efforts,” said Campus Sustainability Coordinator Erica Mattison. “The University’s environmental initiatives have brought us into the national spotlight, and much of our progress over the past four years has been driven by the students, faculty and staff who make up our Sustainability Committee.”

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