WASHINGTON — The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) recently teamed up to compile a listing of the greenest colleges and universities in America, according to a press release.
The "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" profiles the nation''s most environmentally responsible institutions of higher learning in terms of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs and more, the release stated.
The "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" also provides information on colleges and universities providing environmental studies and other sustainability coursework, the release noted.
Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, said: "Our research has shown that students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending universities and colleges that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility. In fact, 64 percent of the nearly 12,000 college applicants and parents who participated in our recent ''College Hopes & Worries Survey'' said having information about a school''s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it."
The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" based on the "Green Rating" scores the schools received in summer 2009 when the Princeton Review published "Green Rating" scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks, the release added.
The free "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
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