LEWISBURG, Pa. - For the second year in a row, Bucknell University has been named in The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges for its continued commitment to sustainability.
The guide, published in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, includes colleges and universities that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Released on the eve of Earth Day, the guide includes profiles of the colleges with general information and a summary of environmentally friendly policies, practices and academic offerings. The schools selected for the guide received a "green rating" between 60 and 99 - or a score within the 80th percentile or higher among the 703 institutions surveyed. Bucknell's rating was 83.
The ratings are based on data from a 50-question survey of hundreds of administrators about their school's environmental and sustainability-related commitments and initiatives such as participation in the USGBC's LEED green building certification program, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, and recycling and conservation programs.
"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president for publishing for The Princeton Review.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the USGBC, noted that greening initiatives can save universities money and improve the quality of life for students.
Bucknell was recognized, in part, because of its Campus Greening Initiative, which "engages students, faculty and staff in promoting environmental literacy and demonstrating best practices in environmental sustainability," according to the guide. The Bucknell University Environmental Center also encourages student-centered research on ways to increase sustainability, addresses sustainability in the curriculum and supports outreach in the region and at a national level.
The University also works in collaboration with facilities, dining services and the student-run Bucknell Environmental Club to promote sustainability with activities such as Recyclemania. And the campus master plan "embraces sustainable principles, including creating a more pedestrian-friendly campus, reconnecting campus to the Susquehanna River and restoring Miller Run, a stream flowing through campus."
"Bucknell has also adopted alternative and renewable energy sources beginning with its transition in 1998 from a conventional coal-burning power plant to a co-generation power plant fueled by cleaner-burning natural gas," the guide notes. "This change resulted in a 40 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions."
Bucknell also offers an environmental studies degree, supports a bike-sharing program and maintains much of the campus grounds organically. The Career Development Center provides guidance on green jobs and connects students to alumni in environmental career fields.
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