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'Green Colleges' Guide Includes Ithaca College

ITHACA, NY—Ithaca College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to the Princeton Review. The education services company — known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks — profiles IC in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, noted that the company’s recent survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges.

“We are truly pleased to recommend Ithaca College along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices.”

The 215-page guide is published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools. It can be downloaded at

The schools were selected for inclusion in the guide based on a 50–question survey designed to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability as demonstrated through their course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The profile on Ithaca College highlights its Sustainability Initiative, which both promotes and records advancement in three main areas: the development of curriculum to infuse considerations of sustainability and applied research opportunities to study and solve sustainability challenges; the modification of campus operations to incorporate more sustainable decision-making; and community outreach to share experiences as a learning organization seeking to become more sustainable.

With its Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and the Peggy Ryan Williams Center buildings, Ithaca is one of the first higher education institutions in the world to have two newly constructed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-level facilities on its campus. The guide also notes that 95% of the college’s cleaning products are green certified; 15% of the food budget is spent on local/organic food; transportation alternatives include public transit, carshare, rideshare, vanpool and restricted parking; and all new construction must be LEED certified.

For more information on “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” visit For more information on the Center for Green Schools, visit