Purchase College, SUNY is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.
Purchase earned this distinction for its overall commitment to sustainability in its policies, practices, and programs and for its ambitious goal of reducing energy usage intensity 20% by 2020. With the hire of Senior Energy Manager Tom Kelly in 2013 and the compilation of a comprehensive energy plan, Purchase is poised to meet that goal.
The Princeton Review cited efforts to reduce the college’s carbon footprint through construction projects such as the LEED Silver-certified Humanities Building underway, the installation of the green roof on the Visual Arts Building, and reclamation of 490 tons of construction debris for reuse.
To reduce transportation effects on the environment, Purchase offers the online carpool systems such as Purpool and Zimride, two Zipcars for car sharing, and outlets for charging electric cars. Facilities management utilizes seven electric cars in the maintenance fleet.
The sustainability committee and its management of the Green Fee collected from students, the multiple programs in place by dining services, and the availability of academic programs such as environmental studies all factored into Purchase College’s selection for this list.
“SUNY campuses across the state are among the most energy-smart in the nation, a leadership role that we continue to build upon through the expanded use of green technologies and sustainability initiatives,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher.
“Congratulations to Purchase College and all 10 SUNY campuses to be included in the 2014 Guide to Green Colleges. This recognition is much deserved and highly commendable.”