Binghamton University receives top recognition for green activities
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University, State University of New York, has received top recognition by The Princeton Review in its second annual "Green Rating” of colleges. One of only 15 colleges recognized by this rating, Binghamton University is the only SUNY institution and the only university in New York state named to the honor roll.
“This recognition reflects the commitment of our entire campus community,” said Binghamton University President Lois B. DeFleur. “We offer a broad network of programs, projects and initiatives that encompass every facet of the University and engages our students, faculty, staff, partners, suppliers and neighbors through educational programs, outreach efforts, research projects and programs that reduce our impact on the environment. We are very proud of these efforts and this prestigious honor roll reflects our firm commitment to sustainability.”
The Green Rating is a numerical score on a scale of 60 to 99 that The Princeton Review tallied for 637 colleges and universities based on data it collected from the schools in the 2008-09 academic year concerning their environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings.
The “2010 Green Rating Honor Roll” salutes seven public and eight private institutions that each received Green Rating scores of 99, the highest score possible. Along with Binghamton University, the honor roll includes Arizona State University’s Tempe campus; Bates College (Lewiston, Maine); College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine); Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colo.); Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.); Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.); Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.); Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.); Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.); Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.); University of California – Berkeley (Calif.); University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.); University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.); and Yale University (New Haven, Conn.).
Robert Franek, vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, noted that the “green” movement on college campuses is far more than an Earth Day recycling project or a dining hall menu of organic food.
“It is growing tremendously among students and administrators alike,” said Franek. “This year we saw a 30 percent increase in the number of colleges participating in our Green Rating survey. We thank the nearly 700 institutions - 697 vs. 534 last year - that supplied us with the data we requested to tally their scores. Many have shown extraordinary commitments to environmental issues and to the environment in their practices and programs. We are pleased to play a role in helping students who care deeply about these issues identify, get into, and study at these schools.”
Binghamton University’s sustainability efforts range from an energy management system to wide-ranging recycling efforts that include organic gardening and composting. Other initiatives include a range of energy savings projects, LEED building standards and educational efforts that include a residential community energy contest as well as regular programs and events that engage and educate the campus community in thinking about and changing energy habits.
In fall 2007, President Lois B. DeFleur was a charter signatory in endorsing the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). To date, over 640 universities nationwide have signed on to work toward a goal of climate neutrality.
For more on Binghamton University’s top ‘green’ initiatives, programs and campus environment highlights such as research initiatives, the Nature Preserve and recycling and energy savings, see: http://www2.binghamton.edu/campus-climate-task-force/index.html.
For more on the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment, http://www.presidentsclimatecommitment.org/html/commitment.php.