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Princeton Review Names 15 Top Green Colleges For 2010

Vivi Gorman
Posted on Friday 14th August 2009

The Princeton Review has ranked America’s greenest colleges in its 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll.

The education services organization surveyed nearly 700 institutions and selected 15 colleges that received the highest score of 99 based on data collected during the 2008-09 year regarding schools’ environmental practices, policies and course offerings.

The rating system was developed in conjunction with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental group that uses consumer research, partnerships, and engagement marketing to shift the personal and civic choices of mainstream Americans.

The criteria include whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges, and the school's overall commitment to environmental issues. The survey is based on ten questions regarding energy consumption, recycling, food, buildings, transportation, academic degrees and courses and commitment to sustainability.

The 15 greenest colleges selected are:

  • Arizona State University at the Tempe, AZ 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)

Princeton Review’s Vice President and Publisher, Robert Franek, said the “green” movement is expanding at colleges, noting a 30 percent increase in the number of colleges participating in our Green Rating survey. More students are interested in choosing colleges that incorporate environmental responsibility into their administration and teaching, he said.

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