Queens College Featured in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition

FLUSHING, NY, April 29, 2014 – “Affectionately referred to as the ‘jewel of the CUNY system,’ Queens College might truly be the greenest gem in the thriving NYC borough of Queens,” according to the recently released 2014 Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges. Located on a sprawling, suburban-like campus in Flushing, QC ranks among the “most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.”

The Princeton Review, an educational services company known for its test prep programs and college guides, timed the release of its free book a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day.  Its Guide to 332 Green Colleges can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.  The annual book, now in its fifth edition, was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Colleges were chosen for inclusion based on a Princeton Review survey last year of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges that measured the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey also included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The editors noted that Queens College is committed to “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Among the “Green Highlights” of Queens College are:

  • 100 percent of all new construction will be LEED Silver certified
  • Improving energy efficiency and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in buildings by 20% by 2020
  • A ten-year sustainability plan to increase energy efficiency and recycling, promote water conservation initiatives, encourage local sourcing and other sustainable practices in dining services and educate students to be good stewards of the environment.
  • Installation of rain gardens with permeable pavers to keep storm water out of the sewer system and further improve harbor water quality
  • Formal sustainability committee and sustainability officer
  • Students can pursue degrees in environmental science and participate in sustainability research
  • 300-strong Environmental Club whose members have supported projects such as painting rooftops white to improve cooling efficiency

“We’ve been actively participating in state and city initiatives to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve other important environmental goals,” says Queens College President Evangelos Gizis. “And so it is gratifying when our environmentally conscious campus community receives external recognition for this commitment.”

Says Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, “We are pleased to recommend Queens Collegeto the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices.”

Franek noted his Company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decion to apply to or attend the school,” he said.


Queens College of the City University of New York enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its almost 19,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 80-acre campus in Flushing, the college was cited this year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 378 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. In 2013, Washington Monthly ranked QC #1 among “Master’s Universities” as a Best-Bang-for-the-Buck college and #2 nationwide among only 349 colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices. See www.qc.cuny.edu

For more about Queens College visit http://www.qc.cuny.edu/Pages/default.aspx

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