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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: 2013 Edition,” created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at 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 and at The guide was developed with generous support from United Technologies Corp. (, founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

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.

Monmouth University President Paul G. Gaffney II stated: “Monmouth University is dedicated to environmental responsibility. We practice energy conservation because it is good business, good for the environment, and has an influence on the future behavior of our graduates.”

Monmouth University is the first independent university in New Jersey to sign a comprehensive green operation agreement with the 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 Solar Panel Installation Project and the 2012 New Jersey Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award for Environmental Leadership. Monmouth has installed a solar panel system on eleven university buildings that produces the energy equivalent to planting 177 acres of trees or not driving for 1,782,132 miles.

Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, noted the significant interest today’s college-bound students have about green issues. “Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said. “We recommend these schools to all students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices, and we commend USGBC and United Technologies Corp. for their continuing support to make this unique resource available for students.”

“Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC. “We’re thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students’ choices a little easier.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012 to tally its “Green Ratings” (scores from 60 to 99) it reports in school profiles in its annual college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company reported Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide 1 to 322, nor does it include their Green Rating scores in the book’s school profiles.)

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 U.S. News & World Report‘s “Best Colleges” and The Princeton Review’s “The Best 377 Colleges,” and is recognized by the latter as one of the country’s top “green” colleges. To learn more, visit us