Rowan University featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"

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The Princeton Review recently named Rowan University as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

The Princeton Review recently named Rowan University as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.

According to its fourth annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” published last month, the guide – which can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

outlines facts and statistics on school demographics, admissions, financial aid and specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics – from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

The Princeton Review collected data about the schools’ offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation from a 50-question survey sent to administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. This then was used to measure each school’s commitment to the environment and sustainability.

“We have an entrepreneurial spirit here at Rowan and understand our environmental and fiscal responsibilities,” said Rowan’s Vice President for Facilities and Operations Donald Moore. “Sustainable and green projects are good business. We know about smart energy-efficient design and will continue to build upon our green initiatives.”

As highlighted in the guide, Rowan’s green initiatives include:

  • Every student at Rowan University will have at least three opportunities to help Rowan carry out its sustainability agenda: Move-In Cardboard Capture saves three tons of boxes from being thrown away at the beginning of each year; Homecoming is a zero-waste event; and Dorm Rescue is an end of the year campaign that diverts nearly one ton of clothing, books and other items from going to the landfill.
  • Rowan was the first institution of higher education in New Jersey to sign American Colleges and University’s Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC).
  • Rowan was also among the first schools in New Jersey to convert to single-stream recycling, a system which reduces sorting efforts thereby simplifying collection systems and increasing recycling rates.
  • The recycling program, coupled with a plethora of other ongoing initiatives, has earned Rowan 10 major awards from federal and state agencies over the last several years.
  • RU Green, an undergraduate and graduate student-run club, focuses on sustainability issues such as recycling, energy conservation and clean transportation.

According to Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher at The Princeton Review, recent company survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges.

“Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in The Princeton Review’s 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," Franek said. 

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)), with generous support from United Technologies Corp. (www.utc.com), founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

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