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Portland State among the nation's top green schools
Author: Scott Gallagher
Posted: April 18, 2012

(Portland, Ore.) April, 18, 2012 — Portland State University (PSU) continues to be recognized for its focus on sustainability in Princeton Review's 2012 guide to green colleges in the United States.

 

The Princeton Review recognized PSU for a number of its sustainability features, such as being a leader in community based learning, a large $25 million gift earmarked for sustainability, creation of the new Institute for Sustainable Solutions, and sustainability highlighted as a campus-wide learning outcome with minors and certificates in sustainability.

 

PSU is also noted for its numerous efforts to integrate sustainable practices into new buildings and infrastructure upgrades. The University currently has seven LEED certified buildings including the new student recreation center, and a new $160 million Collaborative Life Sciences building currently under construction will make it eight. PSU is also partnering with the surrounding community to create an “eco-district” that would share resources and result in an overall carbon footprint reduction.

 

Released in April, the "Guide to 311 Green Colleges" 2012 edition is the result of surveys conducted by the Princeton Review of 2,000 colleges and universities in the country.  The ones making the "311 Green Colleges" list were those that ranked high in a broad range of factors such as how much local food is served, whether the school offers an environmental studies major, whether the school employs a full-time sustainability officer, and how much it uses renewable energy.

 

About Portland State University (PSU)
Located in Portland, Oregon, PSU has about 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. PSU’s motto is “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” and we provide every student with opportunities to work with businesses, schools and organizations on real-world projects. Our downtown campus exhibits PSU’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while sustainability is incorporated into much of the curriculum.