Apr 22, 2011

Princeton Review Releases FREE ‘Guide to 311 Green Colleges’

Just in time for Earth Day, the Princeton Review has released the second annual edition of its FREE downloadable guidebook profiling environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges” reports on 308 US colleges and universities and 3 in Canada demonstrating “notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.”

Developed in collaboration with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the 220-page book can be downloaded free of charge from the Princeton Review website.

In addition to detailed descriptions of environmental and sustainability initiatives, the guide provides statistics and facts on each school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs, and the availability of environmental studies programs. For the uninitiated, a glossary of more than forty “green” terms and acronyms is also provided.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” commented Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president for publishing. “Among 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 (69%) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

The Princeton Review chose the 311 schools based on a survey of hundreds of colleges (1200 were invited to participate) that asked about institutional sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Green Ratings were tallied for 703 institutions and all those receiving a score of 80 or above were included in the guide.

Although colleges are listed alphabetically and not by rank, the Princeton Review salutes 18 schools with Green Ratings of 99 on its “Green Honor Roll.” Of the 23 local colleges and universities presented in the guide, only the University of Maryland—College Park earned this distinction.

For more information or to download a copy of the “Guide to 311 Green Colleges,” visit the Princeton Review website.

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