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04-21-2010

Clarkson University Featured in Guide to 286 Green Colleges by Princeton Review & U.S. Green Building Council

Clarkson University is one of the country’s most environmentally-responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company selected Clarkson for inclusion in "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges."

Developed by Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the guide is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

Just in time for the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the guide -- which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide -- profiles the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses.

Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the guide based on the "Green Rating" scores schools received in the summer of 2009 when they published scores for 697 schools in their online college profiles and annual college guidebooks. Clarkson was in the 90th percentile with 95, out of a possible 60-99.

"Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. "According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Clarkson University focus on environmental responsibility, so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process."

"Beyond the cost savings to an institution, even the simplest aspects of a green campus, such as increased use of natural light, have been found to improve student learning and quality of life," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs. Higher education is a top priority market segment for USGBC because graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities."

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six 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.

The free guide can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and http://www.usgbc.org/campus.

[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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