College Named to Green College Guide

May 28th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, released today, has once again 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 215-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. Seven SUNY schools were among the 322 institutions recognized in the 2013 guide.

“SUNY’s commitment to an energy-smart New York and to sustainability throughout our system is a critical component of our strategic plan, one that our campuses have widely embraced and consistently shown leadership on,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher. “Congratulations to the seven SUNY campuses listed in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges. This recognition is much deserved and highly commendable.”

SUNY Oneonta’s sustainability efforts include ongoing energy conservation and waste reduction initiatives; adherence to green construction and procurement standards; academic programs and courses, including majors offered at the Biological Field Station in Cooperstown; and the recycling and sustainability programs of Oneonta Auxiliary Services. The college’s Office of Sustainability, established last fall, coordinates energy and waste reduction initiatives, supports student-led sustainability projects and works to create a culture of sustainability on campus.

“The college is honored to be included in the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges,” said SUNY Oneonta Sustainability Coordinator Hannah Morgan. “Sustainability efforts are supported at every level of the college and are driven by the students, Facilities and Oneonta Auxiliary Services. The Guide to Green Colleges is a useful tool to benchmark our progress for continual improvement toward sustainability.”