The Princeton Review's Greenest Schools

green collegesSince 1991, the Princeton Review has created guidebooks to help students find a college that is perfect for them. These guidebooks factor in everything students would be concerned with, from academics to campus life to majors.

This year, the Princeton Review has released its first annual Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges – just in time for Earth Day.

The Princeton Review collaborated with the U.S. Green Building Council to create the guide, which is 200-pages long and is offered for free online. For students who are interested in attending a green school, this book is a gift from up above.

The guide features brief profiles for 286 colleges. According to the Princeton Review, all of these schools excel in three important green areas: Providing students a healthy and sustainable quality of life; preparing students for green jobs and responsible green citizenship; and using environmentally responsible school policies.

Green schools are quickly rising in popularity. The Princeton Review conducted a recent survey of 10,300 high school students who were applying to colleges, and found that 66 percent of those students said they thought “information about a college’s dedication to the environment [would be] useful in their college selection process.”

Many schools are quickly becoming greener in order to attract more students and improve their own sustainability.

“There’s a kind of integration already on campuses because they’re self-contained little cities,” said Rachel Gutter, director for the Center for Green Schools at the Green Building Council.

Recycling programs are becoming more and more popular. At the University of Oklahoma, we have signs on every trash can encouraging us to recycle instead of throwing away newspapers or plastic soda bottles.

“I call it the sweet spot, where sustainability and business intersect. There are these students who are pragmatic but also want to make the world a better place, and they see this as a huge business opportunity. The world will have to make some changes,” said Charles Redman, the director of the School of Sustainability at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Via USA Today








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