Cornell and Ithaca College Lauded for Sustainability Efforts

Princeton Review included both schools in its list of most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada...

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By D.W. Nutt via The Ithaca Journal, 5/13/13

Cornell may have the ivy, but last week, Ithaca College also got the green.

The Princeton Review included both schools in its list of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada. These “green colleges” were selected for their commitment to the environment and sustainability as demonstrated through their course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” highlights Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future, which provides seed grants for interdisciplinary research, as well as the university’s plan to be carbon neutral by 2050 and its $46 million investment in energy conservation initiatives.

Also cited were the more than 35 active green groups on campus, from Cornell Farmers’ Market to Greeks Go Green. The guide also pointed to the 3,500 acres of biologically diverse natural land the university manages.

Ithaca College’s profile highlights its Sustainability Initiative and the more than 170 courses with sustainability themes or content offered in more than 30 academic departments and programs.

The college’s Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise and the Peggy Ryan Williams Center buildings were singled out for being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum-level facilities. And the college’s transportation alternatives — public transit, carshare, rideshare, vanpool and restricted parking — were also cited.

“We are truly pleased to recommend Ithaca College along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, in a statement.

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