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April 25, 2014
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

SRU scores 'green' college award

SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - For the fifth consecutive year, Slippery Rock University has been named one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, by The Princeton Review for its demonstrated exemplary commitment to sustainability in its academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The Princeton Review is an education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks. SRU is among the colleges and universities profiled in the fifth annual edition of its free, downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges."

"It is certainly important to us to be included on this very prestigious list of 'Green Colleges,'" said Cheryl Norton, SRU president. "We work very hard to make environmentally sound decisions at Slippery Rock University and to make our campus environmentally friendly. SRU is a national leader in sustainability, 'green building' and environmental stewardship. We hope potential students and their families consider our efforts when thinking about SRU as a place they might further their education."

The review chose the schools for the 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 book's entry on SRU cites the fact the University has a formal sustainability committee, that 87 percent of SRU's new construction is LEED-certified, that 9 percent of the University's energy comes from renewable resources and that SRU offers sustainability-focused degrees.

The University was credited for having a Climate Action plan, increasing its energy efficiency, reducing its net greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent since 2005 and for participating in RecycleMania in addition to it work at the Robert A. Macoskey Center for Sustainable Systems Education and Research.

The 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind and can be downloaded at and 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.

"We are pleased to recommend Slippery Rock University to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices," said Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review.

Franek said 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."

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 review 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.

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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.