Saint Peter’s University Recognized as one of the Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges by The Princeton Review

Jersey City, N.J. – October 24, 2017 – Saint Peter’s University today announced that it was included in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition.” A presence on this list means Saint Peter’s is one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, an education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebook profiles.

“Environmental responsibility is not just a consideration for Saint Peter’s, it is embedded in our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic institution,” said Eugene J. Cornacchia, Ph.D., president of Saint Peter’s University. “Caring for our home—the Earth—is core to Catholic Social Teaching and Jesuit ministry. I am proud to be recognized once again with this honor from The Princeton Review and we look forward to future advancements in sustainability on our campus.”

The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges, 2017 Edition” profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016-17 survey of school administrators. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide.

“Our online Green Guide offers really helpful information for students about green majors and careers and the benefits of choosing a green college,” said Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. “We know that students are increasingly interested in this issue and we are happy to be able to help them make an informed decision. Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college. We strongly recommend the schools in this guide to environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges.”

In the guide’s profile on Saint Peter’s University, The Princeton Review highlights the University’s Sustainability Council and the academic programs with an environmental focus such as the major in environmental science, and the major in biology with a concentration in environmental science. Sustainability-oriented student groups such as SAVE: Students Against Violating the Earth and Junk Yard Dogs were also featured in the profile. The University was acknowledged for its LEED Silver-certified Mac Mahon Student Center and the implementation of 100 percent renewable energy generated by wind power as the sole source of purchased electricity. In addition, this year Saint Peter’s was named as a Finalist for the 2017 Climate Leadership Awards for innovative and advanced leadership in sustainability, climate mitigation and resilience.

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