Richard Stockton College. Spring Newsletter. MJoTA 2012 v6n1 p0602.
Stockton was named one of America’s most environmentally-responsible institutions of higher education.
The Richard Stockton College of
New Jersey has been ranked among the nation’s most environmentally
responsible “green colleges” by the highly respected Princeton Review.
Stockton is included in “The
Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” released
earlier this month in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools
and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
Long an advocate for the
environment and the only college or university in the nation located in a
federally protected pinelands reserve, Stockton demonstrated its
commitments to sustainability and environmental education to earn
inclusion in the volume.
“Since its inception, Stockton
has embraced sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,”
President Herman J. Saatkamp said. “We are New Jersey’s Green College,
fostering accountability and stewardship in research, academic programs,
and student learning in our community, nation and internationally. We
are delighted to be recognized in the Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”
initiatives and academic programs include one of the nation’s first and
largest closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling systems, a new degree
program in sustainability and a highly ranked environmental science and
marine biology program.
Stockton’s Nacote Creek Field
station is near fresh and salt water estuaries and home to the Coastal
Research Center, one of the nation’s leading resources for the study or
beach erosion and restoration.
The College’s Aquifer Thermal
Energy Storage System (ATES) is the first project of its kind in the
United States. The system, installed in 2008, reduces the amount of
energy used to cool Stockton’s buildings by storing cold water
underground in the winter and drawing it back out in the summer.
Stockton embraces green building practices and includes sustainability
as a major component of its long range strategic planning process.
“College-bound students are
increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek,
Senior VP and Publisher, the Princeton Review. “Nearly seven out of 10
(in a recent survey) told us that having information about a school’s
commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to
or attend the school.”