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ODU Selected for Inclusion in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges

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A national publication has identified Old Dominion University as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the United States, in recognition of sustainability efforts by the campus community.

The Princeton Review (TPR), an education services company known for both its test prep programs and its college rankings and guidebooks, has published a free, downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges."

Schools, including ODU, were chosen for the guide based on a 50-question survey TPR conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year institutions. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

ODU was recognized for implementing a series of innovative sustainability measures, becoming a leader both in higher education and in Hampton Roads.

"Leveraging its unique location bordering the Elizabeth River in coastal Virginia, ODU has made great strides both internally and externally to create a sustainable future," the publication notes. "Within the campus, the university has recycled more than 1.5 million pounds of materials last year, developed a master plan for storm water pollution prevention, and arranged eco-friendly alternative transportation. It has also taken many steps towards sustainable dining."

The Princeton Review added that ODU's commitment to green construction - with all new building and major renovations required to satisfy LEED Silver standards at a minimum - and to sustainable research in fields like engineering, oceanography and environmental health, demonstrates the school's dedication.

The publication further noted, "Always conscious of its beautiful surroundings, ODU collaborated with the Army Corps of Engineers to complete construction of a three-quarter-acre wetland restoration and breakwater installation adjoining the Elizabeth River."

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for prospective students - facts and statistics on school demographics, admission and financial aid - plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics, from the schools' use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

"We are truly pleased to recommend Old Dominion University along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices," said Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher of The Princeton Review.