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Frostburg State University Featured in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition”

Frostburg State University has once again been designated one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company, known for its test prep and tutoring services, books and college rankings, features FSU in the 2015 edition of its free book, “The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges.” This is the fourth time, and the third year in a row, that FSU has been featured in the guide.

Published on April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be downloaded at

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

“I am truly proud of the strides our campus community is making in bringing sustainability to all levels of our University, including in our educational programs, our research, our planning and facilities and in the way we live,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “Only a handful of higher education institutions nationwide achieve this distinction, and it takes everyone’s commitment to continue to make progress.”

“We strongly recommend Frostburg State University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. “Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 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,” he said.

The profiles in the guide provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

In the “Green Facts” section on FSU, The Princeton Review highlights “Learning Green, Living Green,” the mantra for FSU’s Sustainability Initiative, which says all one needs to know about the institution’s commitment to green education and lifestyle. A charter member of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, FSU boasts numerous academic opportunities for green-minded students.

On the classwork end, FSU offers environmental courses and degrees in more than 15 departments, spanning ethnobotany, recreation and parks management, sociology, and wildlife and fisheries. On the research side, the University has a new, off-grid Sustainable Energy Research Facility, which will be home to a variety of renewable energy research projects, while also serving as an instructional building for classes related to renewable energy.

Aside from presenting at FSU’s annual “Focus Frostburg” day of learning on environmental sustainability and climate awareness, students who want practical sustainability-related experience have the chance to participate in the innovative Frostburg Grows project, a greenhouse complex on a former strip mine that grows local food and native trees and teaches local growers to do the same, extending their growing seasons by up to three months. FSU’s food service provider, Chartwells, purchases produce from Frostburg Grows for the campus. Not only that, FSU, in partnership with Chartwells, turns food waste from the dining hall into compost for Frostburg Grows. FSU’s waste diversion rate is 76 percent.

The green movement has permeated FSU’s community lifestyle, with myriad student-run clubs and societies playing a central role in everyday campus life, including the Wildlife Society and the Sierra Student Coalition. The institution has been named a Tree Campus USA three years running, with a commitment to planting native trees. FSU is also committed to purchasing or producing at least 15 percent of its electricity consumption from renewable resources.

The Princeton Review first published the guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated, downloadable guide to green colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2014 for 861 colleges using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 83 or higher made it into this guide. FSU’s rating this year is 95. Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating is available at

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation, tutoring and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books.

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 or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.


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