Duquesne University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Of 697 schools receiving green ratings, Duquesne is among the 286 schools classified in the 80th percentile or higher.
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the Guide to 286 Green Colleges is a resource created for college applicants, focusing solely on institutions that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
For over a decade, Duquesne has produced electricity with a clean-burning natural gas turbine located at the heart of campus. Additionally, a highly efficient cooling system that relies on ice—the first of its kind in a Pittsburgh academic institution— has bolstered the University’s efforts in responsible energy consumption. Recently, the EPA recognized Duquesne for the third consecutive year for a using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.
In the academic sphere, Duquesne has an award-winning MBA Sustainability Program, ranked by the Aspen Institute No. 2 worldwide among schools of comparable size. The University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education has conducted two greenhouse gas emissions inventory on campus and is involved in a broad array of initiatives in the region.