Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Greenest Colleges in America: The Princeton Review


The Princeton Review has released its much-anticipated ranking of the greenest colleges in the US. This is the seventh annual free guide of  environmentally responsible colleges.

The 2016 edition of the Princeton Review Guide ranks a total of 361 Green Colleges. The leading colleges are models of sustainability. They have shown leadership in terms of their academic offerings, career preparation, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.

Each of the 361 schools in the guide gets a detailed write-up that focuses on things like energy usage, renewables, recycling and water conservation.


The guide includes a ranking list of the top 50 green colleges. First place went to College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine). Among its many green distinctions, COA became the first carbon-neutral college in 2007, they own and steward 300 acres of forest and farmland, which provide research and educational opportunities for students and faculty. The school has done energy audits and students helped to research the installation of solar photovoltaic arrays on campus. Students are also helping to implement a program by which the campus will by fossil free by 2050.

A total of 27 percent of their total food expenditures of the schools in the top 50 colleges goes to purchase local and/or organic food.  More than three quarters of new construction on their campuses is USGBC (www.usgbc.org) LEED-certified, 98 percent offer an undergraduate major or degree that is sustainability focused and 100 percent have a sustainability officer and sustainability committee.

The top 15 schools on The Princeton Review's "Top 50 Green Colleges" list are:

College of the Atlantic (Maine)
State University of New York—College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Green Mountain College (Vt.)
Colorado State College
Lewis & Clark College (Ore.)
Middlebury College (Vt.)
University of California—Santa Cruz
Dickinson College (Penn.)
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Stanford University (Calif.)
Willamette University (Ore.)
University of California—Santa Barbara
Pomona College (Calif.)
Cornell University (N.Y.)

Click here to download the free guide.

Make sure to see the article titled, "Comprehensive Green School Information and Resources." It contains links to over 325 articles covering everything you need to know about sustainable academics, student eco-initiatives, green school buildings, and college rankings as well as a wide range of related information and resources. 

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