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Radford University Named to Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

RADFORD – Recognizing Radford University’s commitment to building a sustainable and environmentally-friendly campus, the Princeton Review has named the university to its first “Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”

Produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide focuses on colleges and universities that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives. According to the Princeton Review, the guide was created after a recent survey of over 16,000 college applicants and their parents indicated that a college or university’s commitment to the environment could impact their decision to attend the school.

RU Earth Day ActivitiesRU was recognized for its successful “no frills approach” to sustainability, according to the guide. Among the “Green Highlights” for RU, the guide cites the university’s commitment to using biodiesel fuel for its bus fleet, its implementation of an automation system in buildings that shuts down equipment when not in use, and its “trayless” dining hall that has helped decrease food waste and reduce the amount of water used on campus. RU is among only seven schools in Virginia to be recognized.

(IN THE PHOTO: Radford University students assist in planting a tree for Earth Day 2010. The university was recently recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the “greenest” in the nation.)

"This recognition is one more reflection of the work done by RU and the commitment of RU students, faculty, and staff to recognize sustainability as a core institutional value," said Dennis Grady, chair of RU’s Sustainability Steering Committee and dean of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Obviously, there is work yet to do, but this ranking placing us in the company of William and Mary, U.Va., and Virginia Tech is a real yardstick of the progress we are making.”

To learn more or to download a free copy of the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” please visit the Princeton Review’s Web site.

April 23, 2010
Don Bowman (dbowman@radford.edu; 540-831-7523)

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