Cool green colleges: Princeton Review releases its "Green Honor Roll"

Arizona State University’s solar-powered parking structure

Many universities and colleges are implementing innovative and comprehensive sustainability initiatives on campus. Which ones are making the grade, though, in terms of both lowering their ecological footprint, and training students to “think green” as they move into the next phases of their lives?

Yesterday, the Princeton Review published its “Green Honor Roll,” a list of fifteen institutions of higher education that are leading the pack on sustainability. Using criteria developed with ecoAmerica, the PR evaluated 697 schools in three areas:

  • A “healthy and sustainable” campus quality of life for students;
  • Preparation of students “for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges”; and
  • The school’s overall commitment to environmental issues

After crunching the numbers, the following fifteen schools received the highest possible score:

  • Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
  • Bates College (Lewiston ME)
  • Binghamton University (State Univ. of New York at Binghamton)
  • College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor ME)
  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs CO)
  • Dickinson College (Carlisle PA)
  • Evergreen State College (Olympia WA)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  • Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury VT)
  • Northeastern University (Boston MA)
  • University of California – Berkeley
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham)
  • University of Washington (Seattle)
  • Yale University (New Haven CT)

Additionally, the PR found that potential students and their parents are looking more closely at green initiatives by schools: 68% of students and 59% of parents told surveyors that they would “value having information about a college’s commitment to the environment…”

Do you attend or work at a college or university implementing sustainability practices on campus? Think your institution belongs on this list? Let us know your thoughts below…

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