For the second year, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition has named Duquesne University as one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools.
Of the 2,000 colleges invited to participate, Duquesne is among the top schools classified in the 80th percentile or higher, again joining the ranks of universities nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.
“Together with the U.S. Green Building Council, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president, publishing, The Princeton Review. “We highly recommend the colleges in this book.”
The guide’s introduction further explains, “A holistic approach to sustainable living on campus binds these schools together, covering everything from procurement and building guidelines to green academic programs and preparation for sustainable careers, and a willingness to be accountable for their green commitments.”
At Duquesne, both operations and curriculum exemplify long-standing commitments to the environment. For over a decade, Duquesne has produced electricity with a clean-burning natural gas turbine located at the heart of its urban 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. Earlier this week, the EPA recognized Duquesne for the fourth consecutive year for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 Conference. Additionally, sustainability is always a priority during construction, including the new Des Places residence hall scheduled to open in 2012.
Duquesne’s award-winning MBA Sustainability Program is ranked by the Aspen Institute as No. 2 worldwide among schools of comparable size. The University’s Center for Environmental Research and Education is conducting its third campus greenhouse gas emissions inventory and is involved in a broad array of initiatives in the region.
“A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair of the U.S. Green Building Council.