SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -Slippery Rock University has been named one of 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada by The Princeton Review for the fourth consecutive year.
The education services company, known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, announced its selections April 16, in celebration of the upcoming April 22 Earth Day. The fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges," is available at: www.princetonreview.com/green-guide
"At Slippery Rock University, we work very hard at being an environmentally engaged university and we stress rock-solid environmental stewardship. I am personally pleased that The Princeton Review has seen and recognized our efforts. It is especially pleasing this award was announced during our 'Earth Days 2013' celebration. I hope this honor serves as an additional reminder for all of us to get more involved in 'greening,'" said Cheryl Norton, SRU president.
"We are celebrating 'Earth Days 2013' as a way of further educating the campus community about the importance of environmental awareness and what each of us can do to improve our campus environment, and, in turn, our lives," said Paul Scanlon, special assistant to the president for sustainability planning and operations.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for its guide based on a 50-question survey conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed survey data about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
The 322 school profiles feature essential information for applicants - facts and statistics on school demographics, admission, financial aid - plus details on the schools' specific 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.
The guide cited SRU and its community's long history of sustainability, going back to its early days as a self-sufficient farm community. The report featured the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research, which is used to demonstrate and research sustainable practices and technologies. It also cited SRU's Climate Action Plan that ensures all new construction projects seek LEED certification, among other actions the campus is taking to benefit the environment.
"We are truly pleased to recommend Slippery Rock University 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," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review.
Nearly 10,000 college applicants participated in a 2013 survey, with 62 percent reporting having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school, Franek said.
The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, with support from United Technologies Corp. as founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.
Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.