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Frostburg State University Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition”
04/17/2014

Frostburg State University has been designated one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The education services company profiled FSU in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.” This is the third time, and the second year in a row, that FSU has been featured in the guide.

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 sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

“I’m so proud of our Bobcats and everything we’re working on together to ensure that our University is upholding its commitment to sustainability,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Whether it is participating in RecycleMania, deciding our new buildings must be LEED certified or organizing educational events that help our campus community discuss environmental issues, we are making strides to support sustainability every step of the way.”

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 and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) 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 Frostburg, The Princeton Review highlights FSU’s completely off-grid Sustainable Energy Research Facility, its annual day of learning on environmental sustainability and climate awareness known as Focus Frostburg, its new Frostburg Grows partnership and FSU’s achievement of purchasing at least 15 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable resources, among other accomplishments.

“We are pleased to recommend Frostburg to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher of 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.

“In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, “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.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey conducted in 2013 that asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the United States 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. FSU’s rating this year is 93. Information about the company’s Green Rating is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx.

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation and college admission services company. It 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.

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.

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit www.frostburg.edu or facebook.com/frostburgstateuniversity. Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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