The Princeton Review has released its ranking of the nation’s greenest colleges and universities. The Green Ratings, now in its seventh year, reviewed 861 colleges and assessed their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings, the Princeton Review reported.
The rankings measure the schools’ environmental friendliness and scores them on a scale of 60 to 99.
"The schools on our ‘Green Rating’ Honor Roll demonstrated truly exceptional commitments to sustainability across key issues we looked at from course offerings and recycling programs to plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions," said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP / Publisher.
Among the things considered in the Green Ratings were: the percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food; whether buildings that were constructed or underwent major renovations in the past three years are LEED certified; whether the school has a formal plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions; and the percentage of the school's energy consumption that is derived from renewable resources.