Niagara University is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country according to The Princeton Review. The education services company features NU in the 2015 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges, which was released this week.
Niagara University and the University at Buffalo are the only institutions from Western New York to appear on the list.
Published just before the global celebration of Earth Day, the free, 218-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
Niagara University will hold a series of events to increase awareness, appreciation, protection and conservation of the natural environment in observance of Earth Day next week.
"The continuing effort from all campus sectors to become more sustainable is commendable," said Dr. Mark Gallo, co-chair of Niagara's sustainability committee. "It is everyone's campus, and we require the input and actions of everyone to help us as we strive to achieve the goals of the American College and University Presidents' Commitment to Climate Change. All are invited to help us celebrate at Niagara University on Earth Day, April 22."
The Princeton Review chose the schools for the sixth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.
"We strongly recommend Niagara University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said Rob Franek, senior VP/publisher of The Princeton Review.
Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. "Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college."
The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.
In the "Green Facts" section on Niagara, The Princeton Review cites the university's new bike path and free campus shuttle, plus its commitment to 100 percent LEED-certified construction.
The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company also is known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 379 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back.
For more on Niagara University's sustainability initiatives, visit www.niagara.edu/green.