Princeton Review profiles DePaul as a green college
August 13, 2013
DePaul University is kicking off a new academic year as one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada.
The distinction came from The Princeton Review, which profiled DePaul in its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” This is the fourth year in a row DePaul has been featured as a green college.
The 2013 edition noted that DePaul “offers students an environmental science major that provides research opportunities in soil and wetland science, restoration ecology and conservation biology.”
The Princeton Review’s “green highlights” about DePaul mention that “opportunities are certainly not limited to one program. A survey of faculty identified 139 courses that have a ‘sustainability focus’ and 155 courses that are ‘sustainability-related’ spread across more than 30 departments!”
In addition to its green academic programs, DePaul was recognized for its conservation efforts, investments in LEED-certified buildings and use of alternative energy sources.
“DePaul continues to looks for ways to reduce its carbon footprint,” said Bob Janis, vice president of Facility Operations. “We have a number of LEED-certified buildings, including McGowan South (gold), Arts and Letters Hall (gold) and The DePaul Art Museum (silver). The expectation is that the new Theatre School building will be LEED silver.”
Other sustainability initiatives include a storm water management plan, green roofs, a green housekeeping program and a dining hall composting program.
“We installed 34 solar light poles on campus to reduce electricity usage and pollution,” said Janis. “Since the data was submitted last year to The Princeton Review, we’ve increased our total renewable energy credit commitment from 5 percent to 7 percent.”
DePaul’s car-sharing programs (partnerships with I-GO and Zipcar) also were noted, as was the Sustainability Initiatives Task Force. The task force is now known as the DePaul Sustainability Network and is housed in the Institute for Business and Professional Ethics.
The Princeton Review chose the schools—320 in the United States and two in Canada—based on a 50-question survey it conducted last year of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company also conducted a College Hopes and Worries Survey, which found that college applicants are influenced by a school’s commitment to the environment.