St. John’s among The Princeton Review’s Most Eco-Friendly Colleges for 2022

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November 1, 2022

(Queens, NY, November 1, 2022) – St. John’s University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s annual survey of students and administrators.

The education services company features St. John’s in its online resource, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition, published on October 25, 2022. St. John’s, which this year continued a campus electrification initiative to reduce its carbon footprint, ranked 39th nationally and was the only school in
the New York City metropolitan area among the top 50 green colleges.

“Being a good steward of the environment aligns directly with St. John’s University's mission of service,” said Brian Baumer, Associate Vice President of Campus Facilities and Services. “This achievement is the result of a commitment to continuous improvement by the entire University community, including students, faculty, administrators, and grounds personnel and represents a great job by everyone."

“St. John’s University has been on a path to reduce carbon emissions and is very much aware that students, faculty, and administration all contribute toward this goal,” added  Thomas Goldsmith, the University’s Director of Environmental and Energy Conservation, Department of Campus Facilities and Services. “Being on the campus, you get an idea of how involved all of these bodies are in the effort to ‘green’ the University.”  

The Princeton Review surveyed administrators and students at 713 colleges during the 2021–22 academic year. Editors analyzed more than 25 survey points to select the 455 schools chosen for the guide. Green Rating scores were ranked on a scale of 60 to 99; St. John’s earned a score of 97 and a place among the top 50.

The guide is accessible for free at

“We strongly recommend St. John’s to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to also ideally be a green one,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. “In addition to its excellent academic programs, St. John’s demonstrates an exemplary commitment to sustainability and to green practices.”   

According to The Princeton Review, students are increasingly interested in attending colleges committed to environmental sustainability. Of the more than 10,000 college applicants the company polled for its 2022 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 77 percent said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend a school.

The Princeton Review recognized St. John’s University’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the presence of a full-time campus sustainability officer, its investments in local and organic food, the opportunity for students to pursue a master of business administration degree in Sustainability, and more. In 2022, the University continued a multimillion-dollar green-energy initiative that includes improved pipe insulation, boiler upgrades, classroom redesigns, the addition of steam trap retrofits, and more that will save 300,000 kilowatt-hours of energy annually.

The Princeton Review has published its Guide to Green Colleges annually since 2010. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its book, The Best 388 Colleges, and its other resources for college applicants. See The Princeton Review’s profile of St. John’s at

About St. John’s University:

St. John’s University is a private, coeducational, Roman Catholic University founded in 1870 by the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians), with its main campus located in Queens, NY. St. John’s University also has campuses and locations in Staten Island and Manhattan; in Rome, Italy; in Paris, France; and in Limerick, Ireland. St. John’s University is comprised of six Schools and Colleges, including the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, The Lesley H. and William L. Collins College of Professional Studies, St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, The Peter J. Tobin College of Business (including the Maurice R. Greenberg School of Risk Management, Insurance and Actuarial Science), The School of Education, and the School of Law.

As of Fall 2022, the University has 15,652 undergraduate students and 4,011 graduate students. St. John’s offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, including 16 doctoral programs.

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admissions services company. Each year it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students, as well as working professionals, achieve their education and career goals through its many services and products. These include online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors; online resources; more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House; and dozens of categories of school rankings. The company’s brand, now in its 22nd year, is one of the largest online tutoring services in the US. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 23 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Manhattan and is not affiliated with Princeton University.


St. John’s University: James Stephen Smith, 516-313-4568, [email protected]
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