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Drury University makes the Princeton Review’s “Green Guide”

For Immediate Release: April 23

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo., April 23, 2010 — Drury University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected Drury University for inclusion in a unique resource created for college applicants - “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.” Drury is the only school from Missouri to make the list.

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

In the past few years, Drury has embarked on several projects aimed at sustainability, including:

  • Converted Stone Chapel to geothermal heating and cooling.
  • Established the Central Street Recycling Center.
  • Installed solar panels on the roof of Smith Hall.
  • Building the O’Reilly Family Event Center to Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) specifications.
  • Drury students, faculty and staff built a Platinum LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home.
  • Eliminated trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and detergent usage.

“We are honored to be recognized among the top 5 percent of universities who have made a strong commitment to sustainability,” says Dr. Wendy Anderson, Director of Campus Sustainability. “We hope this will put Drury on the radar for students who are interested in a university that values sustainability.”

“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. “According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this Guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Drury University focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process.”

“Beyond the cost savings to an institution, even the simplest aspects of a green campus, such as increased use of natural light, have been found to improve student learning and quality of life,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs. Higher education is a top priority market segment for USGBC because graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities.”

The free Guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.

The Princeton Review noted that another unique aspect of the Guide is that it provides important information on schools that have dedicated environmental studies curriculum. “By many accounts, there are going to be a lot of job opportunities related to the environment and sustainability,” commented Franek. “For those who are interested in working in this growing sector, the Guide highlights the schools that are doing an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals.”

Drury’s Department of Environmental Programs offers three majors leading to a bachelor of arts degree: Environmental Science, environmental studies, and environmental health science and protection. One Drury class called “Science of Sustainability” allows students to literally get their hands dirty with field trips to local creeks and dumpster diving to determine the amount of recyclable material that is thrown away (students estimate that one-third of all trash could be recycled).

The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the “Green Rating” scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review’s “Green Rating” is a numerical score from 60 – 99 that’s based on several data points. In 2008, The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave “Green Ratings” to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on their “Green Rating” scores.

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