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Monmouth University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” created in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (, is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The free guide can be downloaded at

Monmouth University is proud to be among the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

President Paul G. Gaffney II stated: “Monmouth University is committed to being an environmentally responsible university. We are a national leader in sustainable energy and will continue to implement programs to create a more energy efficient environment. Thank you to our students who, through Monmouth University’s Environmental Club and student-run chapter of NJPIRG Energy Service Corps, sponsor sustainability projects on campus and in the community throughout the year.”

Monmouth University is the first independent university in New Jersey to sign comprehensive green operation agreement with U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The University was named the New Jersey Clean Energy School of the Year in 2006 by the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities and received a 2007 Merit Award from the Monmouth County Planning Board for its 2006 Solar Panel Installation Project. The University is currently installing a 600 kw Solar Panel system on seven University buildings under a Power Purchase Agreement with Torcon Energy Services.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 (68%) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he added. “Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices.”

The Princeton Review selected schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the Company polled in 2011 about their school’s sustainability initiatives. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles. For more information, please visit

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About Monmouth University

Monmouth University is a leading private institution that offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The University provides students with a highly personalized education that builds the knowledge and confidence of tomorrow’s leaders. Located in West Long Branch, New Jersey, Monmouth University’s magnificent and historic campus is approximately one hour from both New York City and Philadelphia and is within walking distance of the beaches of the Atlantic Ocean. Monmouth University is listed in the Princeton Review’s The Best 376 Colleges and U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Colleges.”

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Media Contacts:

Monmouth University: Petra Ludwig, 732-263-5507,
The Princeton Review: Joseph Iovino, 888-865-7737 ext. 5678,
U.S. Green Building Council: Marisa Long, 202-552-1500,