A picture of one of the dorms at Cal U.A picture of one of the dorms at Cal U.

Vulcan Goes Green

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April 22, 2010

California University is among 286 colleges and universities included in The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges, a comprehensive new directory produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Launched online in time for the 40th annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, the free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.

The guide profiles "the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses." It is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide, but unlike other Princeton Review guides, it does not include student comments.

California University's online profile specifically mentions its "ambitious multimillion-dollar geothermal project ... to reduce the need for fossil fuels," and the Cal U Weather Center's participation in the worldwide GLOBE science education and data dissemination program.

In addition, "37 percent of the school's energy consumption is derived from renewable resources," the profile says, and "the university also offers internships and employment counseling for environmentally aware and sustainability-related industries."

The University's geothermal project also was highlighted in the 2008-2009 Green Community exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

"Once again, Cal U is being recognized as a leader in practical sustainability," said University President Angelo Armenti, Jr. "These are not just 'feel-good' initiatives.

"Our commitment to energy conservation makes sense both financially and from an environmental standpoint. Our residence halls conserve resources while providing world-class housing for our students. Our ‘green' decisions have been made after a great deal of thought, and I am pleased that our efforts have been noticed."

Prospective students and their families may be taking notice, too. In a recent survey of students and parents, The Princeton Review found that two-thirds of respondents indicated that information about a school's commitment to the environment would be a factor in their decision to apply.

For the past five years, The Princeton Review has named California University one of the best higher education choices in the northeastern United States. 

The education services company profiled Cal U in its The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition, and listed it in the "Best in the Northeast" section of its website feature "2010 Best Colleges Region by Region."