ITHACA, NY — Just in time for the annual celebration of Earth Day, Ithaca College has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The education services company Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has included IC in the 2012 edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”
The guidebook profiles higher education institutions that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. It features write-ups on each college that provide application information plus facts, statistics, and details on the schools’ environmentally related policies, practices and academic programs. The book can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide/.
The Princeton Review first published this resource for college-bound students in 2010 in conjunction with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standard for building certification. In the fall of 2010, the USGBC started its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses are designed, constructed and operated.
“A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments, all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president and chief executive officer of the USGBC. “Partnering with the Princeton Review to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses.”
Ithaca College earned a 97 out of a possible 99 in the guide’s Green Rating, a numerical score that’s based on data from a 50-question survey conducted among hundreds of institutions about their environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives.
The college is included in the guide’s listings of schools that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, that have earned a STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and that have at least one LEED certified building. The Peggy Ryan Williams Center and the Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise have both earned Platinum designation — the highest possible standard.
For more information on Ithaca College’s sustainability programs and practices, visit www.ithaca.edu/sustainability/. For more information on “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide/.