Kennesaw State named to Princeton’s green colleges guide

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Contact: Yolanda Rodriguez, yolanda@kennesaw.edu, 770-499-3057

The University’s green buildings and farm-to-campus program highlighted

KENNESAW, Ga.  (April, 17, 2013) — Kennesaw State University has been named among one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. This is the third year the University has been named to the annual edition of the “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges."

The Princeton Review chose the listed schools based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year institutions. The survey asked about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

Kennesaw State’s LEED-certified buildings and its farm-to-campus program are highlighted in the guide.  The guide also notes other initiatives: alternative transportation; motion detectors for lighting in classrooms and meeting places; and increased recycling efforts on campus.

“We are proud of the progress we've made in the areas of green buildings, energy conservation and our farm-to-campus programs,” said Robert C. Paul, the director of sustainability at Kennesaw State and a professor of biology. “We still have a long way to go but the green guide listing can help raise sustainability awareness on our campus and in our region.”

  • Prillaman Hall and The Commons, which have a Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.
  • The Social Sciences, LEED Silver certified.
  • The Science Laboratory, under review for LEED Gold certification.
  • The Commons dining hall, which has water- and energy-saving features, food wastes are composted and oil waste is sold as a biodiesel source.
  • The farm-to-campus program provides fresh fruit, vegetable and honey for the University’s culinary services.

Additionally, Kennesaw State offers an undergraduate degree program with an emphasis on environmental science or environmental policy within the interdisciplinary studies program.

Kennesaw State was one of seven Georgia schools named to the guide. Also named were Emory University, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.

The guide is produced in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

This is the fourth edition of the 215-page green guide, the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The guide profiles 320 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada and provides essential information for applicants: facts and statistics on school demographics; admission and financial aid information; and the schools' specific sustainability initiatives.  A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the schools' use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

"We are truly pleased to recommend KSU 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/publisher of The Princeton Review.

Recent survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending green colleges, Franek said.

“Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he said.

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, added: "Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information. We’re thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students' choices a little easier.”

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering 80 graduate and undergraduate degrees, including doctorates in education, business and nursing, and a new Ph.D. in international conflict management. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive, residential institution with a growing population of 24,600 students from more than 130 countries.