Queens College Rave ‘Review’
Queens College was selected as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada in the second edition of The Princeton Review’s just released Guide to 322 Green Colleges. Chosen from hundreds of colleges and universities surveyed in 2011, the group profiled demonstrates a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
“We are proud to be among those institutions that are setting an example and making a valuable contribution to our local and global environment by encouraging a more sustainable way of life,” said Queens College Vice President for Finance and Administration Katharine Cobb, who is also head of the college’s Sustainability Committee. “This January, for example, we instituted a tobacco-free policy on our 77-acre campus.”
The guide highlights the college’s 10-year sustainability plan which incorporates several healthy green solutions for water conservation, alternative modes of transportation, waste reduction via recycling, procurement and energy. The college is participating in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s PlaNYC by committing to a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2017. Queens College has also begun implementing energy-saving retrofits on many campus buildings and maintaining its grounds 100 percent organically. The school’s first residence hall, the Summit, which opened in 2009, earned LEED gold certification last November for its sustainable approach to the use of energy, lighting, water and material use, and other green strategies. The LEED system was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) that collaborated with The Princeton Review on this guide.
Each year the college’s career center hosts a Green Job and Internship Fair, which exposes students to the variety of job opportunities available in the green jobs space. Students have the opportunity to get involved by joining the QC Sustainability Council, which meets regularly and aims to reduce the carbon footprint of the college by developing sustainability-related initiatives.
The Princeton Review survey asked administrators from hundreds of colleges more than 50 questions about each institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Last summer it tallied green rating scores (scaled from 60 to 99) for 768 colleges. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. The complete free guide can be downloaded at www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide
Queens College is consistently named one of the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education by The Princeton Review, a Massachusetts-based education services company widely known for its test-prep courses, books, and student survey based college rankings. Most recently, the college was featured in the 2012 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 376 Colleges and Best in the Northeast. Each year the company cites Queens College as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages and relatively low costs.
The Princeton Review write up on Queens College can be found at : www.qc.cuny.edu/Documents/QC_ being_ green_ award.pdf.