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April 22, 2010

CCNY Listed in Princeton Review Green College Guide


The City College of New York is one of 286 U.S. colleges and universities selected for inclusion in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”  The Guide, presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, lists “colleges and universities that have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to sustainability.”  CCNY was one of three CUNY colleges included in the Guide.

“City College has been making tremendous efforts to incorporate sustainability into its operations, its curriculum and its research activities, and it is most heartening to learn that Princeton Review has ranked us among America’s greenest colleges and universities,” said CCNY Interim President Robert E. Paaswell.  President Paaswell noted that CCNY is about to publish its Climate Action Plan, which will serve as a 40-year roadmap “to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions to an effective level of zero.”

City College’s “legacy of excellence defines the college’s sustainability program,” the Guide said in its listing.  It cited CCNY for its commitment to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment as well as Mayor Bloomberg’s PlaNYC to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  Further, it recognized the efforts of CCNY Green, the College’s sustainability initiative, to “rethink the way we teach, learn, conduct research, operate, and live.”

Among the steps taken as a result of CCNY Green that the Guide recognized were the installation of filtered water filling stations to promote conservation, the use of natural gas-powered buses and the mulching of grass clippings.  It also noted that CCNY gets 20 percent of its energy from renewable sources and uses “green” cleaning products almost exclusively.  In addition, the Guide highlighted new undergraduate and graduate programs with sustainability foci and research opportunities available through the numerous environmentally oriented centers and institutes based on campus.