Chatham is one of 21 higher education institutions in the United States and Canada to earn a perfect Green Rating score
PITTSBURGH (April 24, 2013) … Chatham University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to the Princeton Review. As one of only 21 schools to earn a perfect Green Rating score of 99 out of 99, Chatham is included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and is profiled in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”
The fourth annual edition of this free guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
This honor was announced the same week Chatham was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for the second consecutive year as the 2012-2013 Individual Conference Champion for using more green power than any other school in the President’s Athletic Conference.
As a charter signatory of the President’s Climate Commitment, Chatham is committed to becoming carbon-neutral by 2025. Since signing in 2007, Chatham’s square footage and enrollment have increased by 36 percent and 45 percent, respectively, yet has reduced its greenhouse gas net emissions by 68 percent. The Chatham University Climate Committee (students, staff, and faculty) supports sustainability and climate action goals through research, reduction projects, and outreach initiatives. Chatham’s commitment to sustainability and the environment earned it an AASHE STARS Gold Rating and recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council, the Environmental Protection Agency, the League of American Bicyclists, among others.
“Chatham University is proud to again be included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” says Mary Whitney, sustainability coordinator at Chatham. “We are grateful to be recognized for our commitment to excellence in our sustainability efforts.”
“We are truly pleased to recommend Chatham University 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 VP and publisher at The Princeton Review.
Franek noted his Company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “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.
The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.
“Selecting a four-year college is a big choice,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “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.”
How Schools Were Chosen for the Book
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2012 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its “Green Honor Roll” list saluting schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at http://www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx.
About Chatham University
Chatham University in Pittsburgh, Pa., has a long history of commitment to the environment and today is a recognized leader in the field of sustainability Building on its accomplishments, Chatham is breaking new ground by building one of the world’s first fully sustainable campuses in higher education. Chatham is also one of only 22 schools in the U.S. to be named to The Princeton Review’s 2013 Green College Honor Roll and is mentioned in a 2012 Forbes article as one of the places contributing to Pittsburgh’s transformation into a destination for “green living.”
Located on 388 acres of formerly undeveloped farm and woodlands about 20 miles north of Pittsburgh, the new, Eden Hall Campus integrates sustainable development, learning, and living throughout its design. Here, students of all disciplines learn to solve complex sustainability and environmental challenges through immersion in a range of fields, including food and sustainable agriculture, energy and climate, water, design and planning, and our community and health.
About The Princeton Review
he Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) has been a pioneer and leader in helping students achieve their higher education goals for 30 years through college and graduate school test preparation, private tutoring, and more than 150 print and digital publications. The team includes over 5,000 teachers and tutors in the US and Canada, and a network of international franchisees. The Princeton Review provides students and their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for, and learn how to pay for higher education. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
The U.S. Green Building Council is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is how USGBC is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From the kindergartner entering the classroom to the Ph.D. student performing research in a lab, the Center provides the resources and support to elevate dialogue, accelerate policy and institute innovation toward green schools and campuses. Thanks in part to generous support from founding sponsor United Technologies Corporation (www.utc.com), the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, administrators, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, please visit www.centerforgreenschools.org.