• University Makes the Grade as “Green College”

4/27/2011

The Princeton Review has again included Suffolk University in its guide to the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, citing Suffolk’s “green-minded education” and its sound sustainable practices.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles those institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review surveyed hundreds of colleges across North America, asking administrators about their institutions’ green policies, practices and programs.

"A way of life"

“Sustainability efforts have become a way of life at Suffolk University as we attend to environmental issues in the classroom, through outreach to faculty and staff, and by revamping our infrastructure,” said Marguerite Dennis, vice president for Enrollment and International Programs.

The 2011 guide notes Suffolk University’s more than 50 courses in sustainability in areas of study ranging from business to law to science.

“Suffolk University seeks to expand its sustainable projects on campus and in the greater Boston area through green-minded education and action,” the publication says.

The University’s building projects incorporate environmentally sound construction processes and sustainable principles in their design. New buildings use water conservation fixtures, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC equipment, and recycled content. Suffolk’s 10 West Residence Hall, which opened in 2008, received LEED Gold certification.

Other Suffolk University environmental initiatives include:

  • Composting in café kitchens
  • Biking workshops
  • A Bring Your Own Bag program to encourage use of reusable bags
  • Mug Club that provides discounts to café customers with travel mugs
  • A bottleless water filtration system at the University’s Rosalie Stahl Center that has decreased bottled water consumption and miles driven for deliveries
  • A reuse/donation program in residence halls to reduce trash output, ensure reuse of items and benefit area charities
  • A Green Event Checklist to facilitate more environmentally friendly catered events
  • Opportunities for student involvement, volunteering, internships and workshops

The Princeton Review, which also featured Suffolk University in its first guide to green colleges in 2010, is but one organization that has recognized the institution’s environmental efforts. The University’s employee education program on waste reduction and recycling earned a Gold Achievement Award from the Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise Program, and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection recognized Suffolk University as the 2009 WasteWise “Partner of the Year” for its comprehensive recycling and waste-prevention efforts.

 

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