Stonehill Named “Green” College by Princeton Review
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For the second year in a row, Stonehill College has been recognized by The Princeton Review for its commitment to protecting the environment.
One of only 353 colleges and universities nationwide included in The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition, Stonehill celebrated its inaugural inclusion on the list of environmentally responsible schools last April.
“We strongly recommend Stonehill and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher.
Stonehill Goes Green
Through its campus-wide “Stonehill Goes Green” campaign, the College has launched many sustainability initiatives over the last four years, including:
- Building a 2.7 megawatt, 15 acre solar field that produces roughly 20 percent of the College’s electricity.
- Installing new shower heads in residence halls, which save approximately 4 million gallons of water every year.
- Installing electric car charging stations on campus.
- Hiring an energy manager, establishing a $10,000 Green Fund, and providing two electric Zipcars for student and employee use.
- Participating in the “Think Outside the Bottle” campaign, reducing the use of bottled water on campus, and instituting “Grab the Green” week, which promotes the use of reusable meal containers.
- Introducing single-stream recycling and a program to compost approximately 100 pounds of food per day from the dining commons
The St. Francis Pledge
In 2012, Stonehill became the 12th Catholic college in the United States to sign the St. Francis Pledge.
The pledge is a public promise to “protect God’s creation and the environment, and to advocate for those who are impacted the most by global climate change.” Recently, Stonehill President Rev. John Denning, C.S.C. re-signed the pledge.
About The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition
The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition highlights colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. Profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial.