The Princeton Review’s 2014 “Guide to 332 Green Colleges,” released April 17, has recognized SUNY Oneonta for its commitment to sustainability. SUNY Oneonta has been selected for inclusion in the guide every year since its inception in 2010.
The 216-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. The guide was developed in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.
Every year, The Princeton Review assesses academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation at hundreds of campuses nationwide and in Canada to determine which colleges merit recognition. Ten SUNY schools were among the 332 institutions recognized in the 2014 guide.
“SUNY campuses across the state are among the most energy-smart in the nation, a leadership role that we continue to build upon through the expanded use of green technologies and sustainability initiatives,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “Congratulations to SUNY Oneonta and all 10 SUNY campuses to be included in the 2014 Guide to Green Colleges. This recognition is much deserved and highly commendable.”
The 332 school profiles in the guide feature information for prospective students—facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid—plus write-ups on the schools’ sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a 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.
In the guide’s profile on SUNY Oneonta, The Princeton Review highlights examples of the college’s commitment to sustainability, including:
• All campus offices use 100 percent recycled paper.
• The Red Dragon Outfitters bookstore uses biodegradable shopping bags.
• Front-loading washing machines in campus residence halls save 1 million gallons of water annually.
• “Trayless” dining halls have decreased water consumption and food waste.
• The college’s O2 composter (created as part of a grant-funded student research project) processes 2,000 pounds of food waste every three months.
• Ten water bottle re-fill hydration stations have been placed around campus to cut down on the use of disposable water bottles.
• Oneonta’s College Camp, located on 276 acres of farm and woodland, is heated with used vegetable oil from the dining halls, saving an estimated 800 to 900 gallons of used oil from going to the landfill each month.
• Oneonta is committed to green construction standards in all new buildings and renovations—including the rehabilitated Fitzelle Hall, which will feature a new retail dining venue offering local, organic fare when it reopens this fall.
• The college’s Biological Field Station, located on Otsego Lake and surrounded by more than 2,500 acres of woodland, bogs, marshes and ponds, allows students to gain valuable experiences in field biology.
SUNY Oneonta’s Office of Sustainability, established in 2012, coordinates energy and waste reduction initiatives, supports student-led sustainability projects and works to create a culture of sustainability on campus with programs such as Green Dragon Week, which this year features more than 30 events ranging from documentaries and lectures to a bike repair table and a “zero waste” ice cream social.