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Princeton Review: SUNY Purchase Among Top Green Colleges

PURCHASE, N.Y. – The Princeton Review named SUNY Purchase one of the top “green” colleges in the United States for its commitment to sustainability in its curriculum, campus infrastructure and activities.

The Princeton Review gave the honor to 322 green colleges across the nation. Though the publication does not rank all the colleges given this honor, each had to receive a score of 83 or higher on a 50-question survey. “I signed the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007 and since then, we have made environmental sustainability and conservation priorities in all aspects of campus life,” said Thomas J. Schwarz, president of Purchase College in a press release. “We are proud to have been selected once again for the guide, and I salute all members of the college community for this wonderful accomplishment.”

SUNY Purchase listed some of the reasons it is considered a green college: there is a green roof on its visual arts building, which is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified, caps and gowns issued to graduates are made from material from recycles plastic bottles, the school offers a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies, has a “green” lecture series every year and has a vegan café that uses biodegradable to-go trays and napkins.

Five other SUNY schools also made the list:  University at Albany, Binghamton University, SUNY Brockport, SUNY ESF, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY New Paltz, SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Potsdam and Stony Brook University.

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