Niagara University Listed Among Princeton Review’s ‘Green Colleges’

April 22, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

Niagara University is one of the 332 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 NU in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 17, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – 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 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.

In the guide’s profile on Niagara University, The Princeton Review highlights that the school “has outlined a thorough set of goals that include developing new sustainability-related educational programs, environmentally responsible practices, energy conservation, recycling, green building project initiatives, and a conscientious self-evaluation of what Niagara is doing to protect the environment. The campus boasts both a LEED-certified, 55,000-square-foot academic complex and the Dwyer Ice Arena, equipped with 25-kilowatt roof solar panels. Bike racks, a new bike path, a free shuttle bus, and a new Zipcar program show NU’s commitment to green transportation. The university has policies in place to use only green cleaning products and recycled paper, and a whopping 98 percent of NU’s electricity is purchased from a hydroelectric generator! With all its green initiatives, it seems NU’s plan to go carbon neutral by 2050 is more reality than dream.”

“We are extremely pleased to be recognized by The Princeton Review, as it fortifies Niagara University’s ongoing campus-wide commitment to sustainability,” stated Dr. Mark Gallo, co-chair of Niagara’s Sustainability Task Force. “This honor is really an expression of the remarkable efforts that so many students, faculty and staff have put forth to create a more sustainable campus and it’s great to see these efforts acknowledged.”

“We are pleased to recommend Niagara University to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Franek, senior VP/publisher, The Princeton Review.

Franek noted his company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, commented, “In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students. We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”

For more on Niagara University’s sustainability initiatives, please visit www.niagara.edu/green.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its “Green Ratings” (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the company’s website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation, tutoring and admissions services, its online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House LLC. The company delivers its services via a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A. and Canada, and through its international franchises in 14 other countries. The company also partners directly with school districts and non-governmental organizations to provide students with college readiness services including college selection, test preparation, financial aid advice, and admissions support.

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council

The Center for Green Schools at USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play.

About the U.S. Green Building Council

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.