Geneseo Recognized as a 2022 "Green College"

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Geneseo is recognized as a "Green College" by The Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability, including construction of facilities like Red Jacket Dining Hall, which earned a national GOLD certification for green construction and design. (SUNY Geneseo photo/Keith Walters '11)

SUNY Geneseo is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2022 Edition.

The Princeton Review chose the 420 schools included in the list based on its survey of administrators at 835 colleges in 2020–21 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability, including dining options, policies, and more. The company's editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points to select the schools.

"It's an honor to be featured on this list of Green Colleges once again,” says Dan DeZarn, Geneseo’s director of sustainability. “It is deserved recognition for the good work that SUNY Geneseo students, faculty, and staff are doing to progress toward a sustainable future.”

Geneseo has had a long-standing commitment to sustainability. Geneseo's President’s Commission on Sustainability was established in 2012, and the College formed the Office of Sustainability in 2014. The new sustainability studies major was launched in Fall 2021. Students, staff, faculty, and alumni are involved consistently in a variety of sustainability initiatives, which can be viewed on the college’s award-winning, interactive storytelling map. Six campus buildings have earned certification from the U.S. Green Building Council and have incorporated geothermal wells and rainwater collection in some buildings. Geneseo has been on the Green Colleges list more than 10 times.

"We strongly recommend Geneseo to students who care about the environment want to study and live at a green college," says Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief. “Geneseo offers excellent academics and demonstrates a commitment to sustainability that is exemplary on many counts.”   

Profiles of recognized schools in the Guide to Green Colleges list also provide information about the schools' admission requirements, cost, financial aid, and student body demographics. The Princeton Review has published its guide annually since 2010.


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