Towson named to Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges
TU listed among most sustainability conscious schools for second consecutive year
TOWSON, Md. (May 5, 2011)—Towson University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible campuses, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, a guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
TU was one of eight Maryland schools selected for inclusion, and one of five from the University System of Maryland. Among its many sustainability initiatives, the university was recognized for its single-stream RecycALL program and regular participation in RecycleMania, its “Go Green” orientation campaign and the annual Stream Clean-Up.
The university's Dining Services program was also given special recognition for its use of products like trans-fat-free soy oil, antibiotic-reduced pork and chicken, cage-free eggs and fair trade coffee. Dining Services is also working more to utilize locally grown foods, in an effort to both support area farms and provide fresh produce to the campus community.
The Princeton Review developed the guidebook last year 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.
When The Princeton Review analyzed 703 schools for its summer 2010 online college profiles and annual guidebooks, TU was one of 311 schools that received “green rating” scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The “green rating” is a numerical score from 60–99 based on several data points. The guidebook does not rank schools hierarchically based on “green rating” scores.