The prestigious Princeton Review has awarded Onondaga Community College “Green College” status for its commitment to environmental responsibility. A total of 861 colleges applied for the classification. OCC was one of only 353 selected.
While reviewing and evaluating OCC’s dedication to sustainability it highlighted the following “green facts:”
- Available transportation alternatives.
- 100% new construction LEED-certified.
- 49% water diversion rate.
- 15% of school energy from renewable resources.
- College offers a sustainability-focused degree.
- College has a sustainability officer and sustainability committee.
The Princeton Review based its choices on “Green Rating” scores it tallied for colleges using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment.
During the fall 2014 semester the College received two LEED Gold plaques for its two newest buildings, Academic II and the SRC Arena and Events Center. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is a third-party certification system that ensures buildings are designed and constructed using green building principles. Rick Fedrizzi, the President, CEO and Founding Chairman of the U.S. Green Building Council came to the College to participate in a ceremony honoring the achievements. You can view a story and photos from the event here.