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Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons
Features such as the "green roof" atop the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons continue to make SU one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S., according to The Princeton Review.

Princeton Review Names SU Among Nation's 'Greenest' Colleges for 14th Year

By SU Public Relations

SALISBURY, MD---For the 14th consecutive year, The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), has named Salisbury University one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges.

The University is featured in The Princeton Review’s 2024 Guide to Green Colleges, which highlights impressive environmental and sustainability programs at campuses throughout the United States and select institutions in Canada.

“With SU’s proximity to the Chesapeake Bay, the old-growth forests of the Eastern Shore and other environmentally sensitive ecosystems, we have a responsibility not only to practice sustainable operations, but to promote the benefits of being ‘green’ through our academic and extracurricular programs,” said SU President Carolyn Ringer Lepre. “We are thrilled that The Princeton Review continues to recognize our efforts.”

The guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide. Questions explore institutional commitment to areas including LEED building certifications, environmental studies programs, alternative transportation, recycling and conservation programs, and more.

The 522 colleges in the guide were selected based on “green rating” scores from summer online profiles and annual guidebooks.

In 2008, SU’s Conway Hall (formerly the Teacher Education and Technology Center) became the first LEED-certified new construction project on the Eastern Shore, earning Silver status. Since then, 10 other new or renovated campus buildings have earned LEED Gold or Silver certification, including Perdue Hall, Sea Gull Square, Sea Gull Stadium, the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, and Pocomoke, Wicomico, Manokin, Nanticoke, Chester and Choptank residence halls.

SU is home to the Eastern Shore’s first public electric vehicle charging stations. Other alternative transportation initiatives include a bicycle-friendly campus, complete with “Fixit” stations and bike storage buildings for residents, and a bike lane that leads from the University to downtown Salisbury.

Offering a major and minor, the Environmental Studies Department features award-winning faculty and staff, including renowned environmentalist and author Tom Horton. SU also has several environmentally related academic programs in the geo-, biological and physical sciences.

Other initiatives include a trayless dining hall, solar parking canopy producing enough electricity annually to power three campus residence halls and building innovations such as the “green roof” atop the Patricia R. Guerrieri Academic Commons, which allows a blanket of plant life to serve as a storm water filtration system and help keep the facility cooler by reducing the roof’s heat island effect.

In addition, SU was the University System of Maryland’s first Bee Campus USA honoree, recognized for creating sustainable habitats and fostering ongoing dialogue to raise awareness of the role pollinators play in the greater community.

Download the Guide to Green Colleges online.

Learn more about opportunities to Make Tomorrow Yours at the SU website.