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Stony Brook University Featured in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges For 4th Year In A Row

by Sakib Ahmed

Stony Brook University was designated one of the nations' most environmentally friendly colleges for the 4th year in a row by Princeton Review in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition. This is a great honor for the University and is a testament to the success of the University's various facilities, initiatives and academic programs. As a signatory of the American Colleges and Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Stony Brook has instituted a plethora of initiatives to reduce its carbon footprint by 25% by 2020 and ultimately the University has pledge to be carbon neutral by the year 2050. The Guide highlights the major achievements Stony Brook University has made in reducing its' energy consumption through consuming less utilities, increasing use of renewable energy sources and implementation of unique sustainable transportation solutions, such as Wolf Ride Bike Share. Other examples of initiatives that further sustainability is the installation of electric hand dryers in bathrooms to reduce paper towel consumption, installation of water bottle refilling stations to save on the consumption of bottles and the implementation of a thorough utility metering program to evaluate building consumption.

The implementation of innovative energy solutions was a primary factor; as the University utilizes solar powered lighting in its bus shelters, solar metered lot pay stations and solar powered bike share stations, which help set Stony Brook University apart from other Universities. The University also constructs many new buildings to USGBC LEED certification, which is another key component for the Green Guide. For more information on the University's LEED buildings, please click here. The University's Department of Transportation & Parking Operations is also a beacon for sustainability, operating a transportation fleet on biodiesel, which also includes the operation of a variety of electric only and hybrid vehicles on campus. The Department has also established the Wolf Ride Bike Share program, allowing students, faculty, and staff to utilize bikes as a convenient and sustainable mode of transportation around campus. The University has also eliminated the printing of paper maps and installed additional bike racks in a variety of locations on campus in order to facilitate greener transportation methods on campus.

The Office of Sustainability and its Recycling & Resource Management program has diverted thousands of tons of material from going to landfills and has upgraded the University's recycling efforts to include all plastic types #1-7, bottles, cans, paper, cardboard, scrap metals, tires, motor vehicle oil, wood debris/yard waste, office equipment, clothing, construction material, printer toner/ink, e-waste, fluorescent bulbs, wood pallets, mattresses, residential furniture, mercury, vegetable oil, carpet, ceiling tiles, and pre-consumer food. The inclusion of Stony Brook University in the Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition by Princeton Review and the Green Building Council exemplifies the commitment of the University to advance sustainability in higher education.

For more information on the Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition, visit the Princeton Review website at:

For more information on this initiative, please contact:
Stony Brook University
Office of Sustainability
E-Mail: sustainability@stonybrook.edu

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