U.S. Green Building Council is a partner in selection of Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges
By Kris Lovekin
RIVERSIDE — As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) released the third annual guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” “We’re happy to see UC Riverside on the list, with a score of 95 out of 99 possible points,” said John Cook, UCR’s sustainability coordinator. “From research into battery technology to solar-power farms, to a student organization called Sustainable UCR. To LEED-certified buildings, we will be celebrating quite a bit this Earth Week.”
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The list is part of the Center for Green Schools intended to improve how campuses are designed, constructed and operated.
The guide includes: School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information; “Green Highlights” write-ups detailing each school’s most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives; “Green Facts” sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance; A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to “zero waste”; and Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book’s school profiles.)