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Princeton Review: Clarkson University One of Nation’s Best & Most Environmentally Friendly Colleges

Clarkson University has again been named one of the country’s best institutions and one of the nation’s most environmentally friendly colleges, according to The Princeton Review.

Clarkson was also been named a Best Northeastern College by Princeton Review, which identified some of the colleges and universities that they feel "stand out within a region."

The company features Clarkson in the new 2010 edition of its popular guidebook, "The Best 371 Colleges." Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book.

Clarkson received a very high green rating of 95 in Princeton Review’s second annual green ratings of colleges, a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are, on a scale of 60 to 99.

The company tallied its green ratings for 697 institutions based on data it collected concerning environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings.

The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating criteria and institutional survey in 2007 with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental organization that continues to participate in the project.

The criteria for the rating cover three broad areas:

1. Whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable

2. How well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges

3. The school’s overall commitment to environmental issues

The institutional survey for the rating included questions on everything from energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation to academic offerings (availability of environmental studies degrees and courses) and action plans and goals concerning greenhouse gas emission reductions.

Clarkson is consistently among the schools ranked well in both The Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report’s annual issue of "Best Colleges," where Clarkson is listed as a tier one national university. U.S. News also ranks the Clarkson School of Business Supply Chain Management Program as #13 in the nation and its engineering program among the top 100 nationwide.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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