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Bethlehem, Pa., April 22, 2014—Moravian College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks profiles Moravian College in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges."
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools' commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Published in celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 332 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.
In the guide's profile on Moravian College, The Princeton Review highlights the school's efforts and states, “For evidence of Moravian College’s impressive sustainability efforts, one needs to look no further than the school’s cafeterias. Dining services has made great strides in reducing campus waste by installing new napkin dispensers, replacing plastic bags with reusable bags and implementing ‘no tray’ days. Moreover, pre-consumer food waste is now composted and delivered to the Rodale Institute Experimental Farm. Moravian’s maintenance staff is also jumping on the sustainability bandwagon. For example, all campus athletic fields are now fertilized using organic products.”
The profile continues with “Additionally, wood chips and dye free mulch are used on landscape beds to allow for quicker decomposition. And, in an effort to encourage bike use, Moravian has outfitted residence halls with indoor storage space. Outdoor bike racks are also available throughout the campus. Further, to limit and/or curb the use of personal vehicles, the college offers a free campus shuttle every Friday. Students may take said shuttle to local malls and shopping complexes. There are also intercampus shuttles available for students looking to travel between North and South campus. Of course, Moravian’s undergrads are also at the forefront of this environmental movement. Led by student members of the Environmental Coalition (ECO), freshmen dorms were encouraged to participate in an energy conservation competition. The group has initiated a battery recycling program as well and endeavors to collect all of the cardboard and Styrofoam from freshmen move-in each fall. Finally, ECO has also conducted several waste audits in an effort to educate their peers.”
“I would personally like to thank all of the students, faculty, and staff who have worked diligently to make this possible,” said Frank T. Kuserk, the Louise E. Juley professor of biological sciences, and director of environmental studies & sciences program at Moravian. “I want to recognize all of the students who participate in ECO: The Environmental Coalition, the faculty who contribute their time and expertise to teach in our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies & Sciences Program, and the FMP&C staff who have visibly enhanced our commitment to sustainability. I especially want to thank the members of the campus Sustainability Committee.”
Said Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, "We are pleased to recommend Moravian College to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices." Franek noted his Company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. "Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 61% 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 the U.S. Green Building Council, commented "In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students. We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the Company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the Company's website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools 1 to 332, nor does it report their Green Rating scores in this book.) Information about the Company's Green Rating and its "Green Honor Roll" list of 22 schools that received the highest possible score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx
Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.