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SBU Receives Highest Score in Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll

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SBU Receives Highest Score in Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll

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STONY BROOK, N.Y., August 28, 2014 – Stony Brook University has been named in Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll, an annual list that offers a measure of how environmentally friendly universities are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99. Stony Brook, one of 24 universities to receive a score of 99 (the highest possible score), is among 861 colleges reviewed this year. Selection is based on data collected in its 2013-14 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings.

“Implementing green technologies, resources, and pollution-decreasing programs is a commitment that Stony Brook University has made to its students, faculty, staff, and they to their campus and to the community at large,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD. “We are in great company, and I am proud to say that as we continue to increase our efforts, and as we all continue to reduce our carbon footprint, everyone can take pride and celebrate in this outstanding distinction.”

Stony Brook has a long history of green awareness and environmental sustainability. It began with the Environmental Defense Fund which was cofounded in 1967 by Dr. Robert E. Smolker, a professor of Biological Sciences at Stony Brook University. Since then Stony Brook signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), created an Office of Sustainability and integrates sustainability into its facilities and services programs. The University also offers a comprehensive Sustainability Studies Program which offers five majors, six minors and a graduate certificate in Geographic Information Systems, as well as a Fast-track BA-MBA.

As a recognized leader in the field of sustainability and included in the Princeton Review’s “Guide to 334 Green Colleges” for the past five years, Stony Brook University takes pride in the numerous initiatives that led to the Princeton Review’s 2015 Green Honor Roll. They include:

  • Recycled the most e-waste nationally in RecycleMania 2013 & 2014 competitions, and placed 1st in SUNY in the Gorilla category in 2013 & 2012;
  • Tree Campus USA” designation in 2014 by the National Arbor Day Foundation, in recognition of the university’s dedication to the five core standards that promote the health of trees and student involvement to improve their forests;
  • Designated a 2014 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation in recognition of its groundwater and environmental stewardship;
  • Stony Brook finished in 1st Place in the University category of Car Free Day Long Island 2013 by having its community pledge to be car free;
  • University vehicles are powered by a variety of sustainable propulsion systems, including bio-diesel/ultra-low sulfur diesel, hybrid and electric only;
  • Actively promotes biking on campus: solar powered “Wolf Ride Bike Share” program, expansive Paul Simons Memorial Bicycle Path, bicycle lockers, and bike racks on Stony Brook’s Transit vehicles;
  • University partners with various entities, including Suffolk Transit and 7Bus, to offer enhanced mass transit alternatives;
  • Multiple solar installations, including arrays that partially power buildings, metered parking lots and exterior lighting;
  • Energy performance contracts have been utilized to implement a variety of building energy efficiency initiatives (such as lighting, HVAC), and have saved over $31 million since 2006-07;
  • University uses energy efficient lighting, including LED, induction and fluorescent fixtures, as well as occupancy sensors in a variety of locations on campus;
  • University dining halls use biodegradable food packaging, offer reusable dining plates/utensils and recycle over 5,000 gallons of kitchen compost annually using an on campus, in-vessel food waste composter;
  • During the growing season, organic student vegetable gardenprovides dining hall with herbs and fresh vegetables;
  • Implemented managed print initiative, which promotes networked printing, toner/e-waste recycling and buying of recycled paper;
  • SBU operates a total of 10 electric vehicle charging stations (EVCS) on its main and R&D Park campuses;

The Green Rating scores appear in the profiles of the colleges posted on and the profiles of the schools in the 2015 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks: “The Best 379 Colleges” and “The Complete Book of Colleges.” 

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