STONY BROOK, N.Y. — Stony Brook University was recently named a 2014 Groundwater Guardian Green Site by the Groundwater Foundation in recognition of its groundwater and environmental stewardship, according to a press release published by Newswise.

Stony Brook University earned this exclusive designation based on its current practices related to water use, pesticide and fertilizer management and pollution prevention, noted the release.

“Our campus community is incredibly engaged in doing everything possible to minimize our carbon footprint, and creating opportunities for our students to learn more about protecting their environment,” said Stony Brook University President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. “Each award we receive showcases that our efforts are paying off — a job well done — and that is what makes this recognition so much more impactful.”

The Groundwater Guardian Green Site program recognizes green spaces; educational campuses; natural areas; and residential, recreational, ball fields, golf courses and office parks — for implementing groundwater and surface water-friendly practices to maintain the site, the release reported.

"Green Sites, like Stony Brook University can truly have a positive impact on the environment,” said Groundwater Foundation Program Manager Jennifer Wemhoff. “The groundwater and environmentally-friendly practices they implement help benefit water resources, improve wildlife habitat, reduce stormwater runoff and responsibly manage potentially hazardous materials.”

Read the full release here.