Add Green to Moravian’s School Colors
Moravian Named One of 332 ‘Green Colleges’ by The Princeton Review
ABOVE: Moravian College was officially included in The Princeton Review’s 'Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition,' released in mid-April.
Moravian Greenhounds? That might take some time to catch on, but nevertheless Moravian College and its sustainability initiatives and eco-friendly curriculum were recently recognized by The Princeton Review.
In April, Moravian was officially included in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition,” a comprehensive resource for college applicants that salutes colleges and universities that have demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment and to sustainability. Moravian was one of just 24 Pennsylvania universities and colleges included in the listing, and one of only two from the Lehigh Valley (Lafayette College).
The guidebook, which was released on April 17, has been published for five years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council's Center for Green Schools. The book is free and downloadable at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
“Being recognized in this guide is the result of both our improved efforts at enhancing campus sustainability in general, as well as the increasing focus and strength of our environmental studies and sciences program,” said Biology Professor Frank Kuserk, who heads the program.
As part of the Moravian’s inclusion in the guidebook, Kuserk will attend a reception with fellow representatives from the Green Colleges listing on Thursday, May 8, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. The event is hosted by the Center for Green Schools of the U.S. Green Buildings Council.
According to The Princeton Review, the 332 institutions were selected based on the “Green Rating” scores it tallied in 2013 for 832 schools and reported in summer 2013 in its school profiles. The Green Rating (a score from 60 to 99) is tallied using data from a survey The Princeton Review annually conducts among hundreds of school administrators about their school's environmental and sustainability-related policies, practices and academic offerings.
The 332 schools featured in its "Guide to 332 Green Colleges" for 2014 earned scores of 83 or higher in its summer 2013 Green Rating tallies. The Princeton Review does not rank the colleges in this guide 1 to 332 according to their respective Green Ratings, nor do its report their Green Rating scores.
This recognition was announced just days before the College’s Earth Week festivities, which concluded with the fifth annual Arbor Day Celebration April 25. To mark the occasion, the College planted a Scarlet Oak on the Main Street campus. The event was sponsored by the College’s Sustainability Committee. Click here to view Arbor Day Celebration photos.
Prior to the ceremonial planting, Kuserk offered some thoughts on the College’s sustainability and green efforts, noting that the 2013-2014 academic year “has been a particularly fruitful year for us.”
Working with General Services Manager Randy Haffling, in conjunction with the Sustainability Committee, Facilities and USG, the College initiated a tree inventory of most of the trees on its Main Street and Priscilla Payne Hurd campuses. Working with Bartlett Tree Experts Inc. and Kuserk’s ecology class, the College inventoried nearly 500 trees last fall.
Kuserk noted that that the College’s tree inventory, sustainability-minded grounds keeping and the environmental studies and sciences program’s curriculum played a key role in earning The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges recognition.
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