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05/05/2015

Winthrop Named on Princeton Review Green School List for Sustainability Efforts

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 The sixth annual free guide, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.
 Profiles about each school share admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats.

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Walter Hardin
ROCK HILL, SOUTH CAROLINA – Winthrop University is listed among “The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”

The sixth annual free guide, created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. More than 800 institutions filled out a survey asking about their campus efforts.

Profiles about each school share admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats.

Winthrop is credited for several bicycle initiatives and amenities such as its indoor and secure bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters; bicycle “sharrows” on campus (along Oakland Avenue and Alumni Drive); availability of bike racks at most buildings and the bicycle registry program through Campus Police. The university is located in Rock Hill, which was designated in 2013 as a Bicycle Friendly community by League of American Bicyclists,

Other green offerings mentioned in the profile is Winthrop’s free campus shuttle to home athletics events, a condensed work week option for employees and an adopted policy prohibiting idling. It was also noted that Winthrop has a sustainability-focused degree available and a full-time sustainability officer.

Walter Hardin, associate vice president for facilities management and a long-time supporter of green efforts, said Winthrop has put a high priority on sustainability for more than two decades and has successfully converted its historic buildings to include technology and energy-saving measures. “We constantly have an eye toward energy savings, recycling and other sustainable practices,” Hardin said.

Winthrop’s Office of Sustainability continues to evaluate and develop various initiatives to improve the university’s standing as a leader within the community.

Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in the company’s “2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey”, 61 percent said having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college, said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's senior vice president-publisher.

The Princeton Review has dedicated a green resource area on its website for students interested in attending a green college. There, users can also download “The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”

For more information, go to Winthrop’s sustainability web site or contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or e-mail her at longshawj@winthrop.edu.

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