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Apr 202011

From Green Right Now Reports

Just in time for Earth Day, The Princeton Review has released its latest guidebook to the greenest colleges in the U.S.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, created in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council

At Georgia Tech trayless cafeterias are just one of many green steps the university has taken.

(USGBC) can help prospective students see where universities stand in their commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable practices, courses and activities.

The 220-page book, the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide to green campuses, can be downloaded for free at the Green Guide or at the USGBC’s Center for Schools.

To see if your school, or prospective school ranked among the 18 colleges getting top marks for their green programs (scoring the highest possible 99), you can check out the Green Honor Roll.

The Green Colleges guide was compiled in response to growing interest among students and families in how universities are making their  campuses and curricula more sustainable.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, Senior VP, Publishing, The Princeton Review. “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.”

A green school can help enhance the university experience , said Rick Fedrizzi, President and CEO of the USGBC, by “creating healthy living and learning environments all the while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line.”

The University of California - Santa Barbara has six LEED-certified buildings. Like this one with solar panels.

Inside the guide, students can find profiles of the 308 U.S. colleges and three in Canada that made the list because of their sustainability efforts. The profiles feature “Green Facts” boxes that catalog a school’s recycling, use of renewable energy, and conservation programs and “Green Highlights” articles that detail the most impressive environmental projects.

The schools were chosen based on a 50-question survey administered in 2010 by The Princeton Review, which rates colleges on dozens of features.