Towson named to Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges
University listed among most sustainability conscious schools for third consecutive year
TOWSON, Md. (April 18, 2012)—Towson University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible campuses, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition, a guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability via campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
Among its many green programs, the university was recognized for its carbon neutrality policy, the single-stream recycling system, participation in RecycleMania, the “Go Green” orientation campaign and the annual Stream Clean-Up.
The university's Dining Services division was also given special recognition for its use of products like antibiotic-reduced pork and chicken, cage-free eggs and fair trade coffee. Dining Services is also working to reduce water consumption and food waste with its "Trayless Tuesdays" program.
TU is one of nine Maryland schools selected for inclusion, and one of five from the University System of Maryland. The Princeton Review developed the guidebook in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, based on a survey of hundreds of colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, the guidebook looks at an institution’s commitment to environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs; and other green initiatives.
"Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices," says Robert Franek, senior VP/publisher of The Princeton Review. "To that end, we highly recommend the terrific schools in this book."