Duquesne University Among Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges

Duquesne University is being recognized for its sustainability efforts by The Princeton Review, which has included the school in its newly released Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

The 2017 Guide profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities. Schools were selected based on data from the Princeton Review's 2016-2017 survey of four-year colleges regarding the school's engagement with the environment and sustainability.

"Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes and Worries Survey, 64% told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college," said Robert Franek, senior vice president-publisher at The Princeton Review. "We strongly recommend Duquesne University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to live at green colleges."

Duquesne, which received an 82 out of 99 total "Green rating" from The Princeton Review, has a tradition of commitment to sustainability. The University continually works toward achieving sustainability through its green operations; construction projects; research; academic coursework; and community engagement initiatives.

A sampling of Duquesne University's sustainability efforts and accolades includes:

  • Recognized every year since 2007 by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the Individual Conference Champion of the 2015-16 College & University Green Power Challenge for using more green power than any other school in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
  • Des Places Hall, the University's newest residence hall, earned Gold LEED certification. The building was specifically designed and constructed with sustainability and energy conservation in mind.
  • The 2016 steam plant expansion project encompassed new state-of-the-art modern boilers that have tripled campus steam capacity and reduced the overall environmental and carbon footprint on Duquesne's 50-acre campus.

Duquesne University

Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 8,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University’s academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.

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