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  • PRINCETON REVIEW REPORTS GREEN RATINGS FOR 832 COLLEGES FOR 2014

    • 22 Colleges Receiving Highest Score (99) Named to "Green Rating Honor Roll"

    NEW YORK, August 5, 2013—The Princeton Review – known for its education services helping students choose and get in to colleges – today reported its annual "Green Ratings" of colleges. The project, now in its sixth year, offers a measure of how environmentally friendly the schools are on a scoring scale of 60 to 99.

    The Company tallied the scores for 832 colleges this year, based on data it collected in its 2012-13 surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings. (Criteria follow.)

    The "Green Rating" scores appear in the profiles of the colleges posted today on www.PrincetonReview.com and in the profiles of the schools in the 2014 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks that go on sale tomorrow, August 6: "The Best 378 Colleges" ($23.99) and "The Complete Book of Colleges" ($26.99), published by Random House.

    The Princeton Review's "2014 Green Rating Honor Roll"
    Twenty-two colleges that received the highest possible score (99) in this year's tallies made The Princeton Review's "2014 Green Rating Honor Roll." The list, which appears in "The Best 378 Colleges" book and online at www.princetonreview.com/green-honor-roll.aspx, includes:

    (in alphabetical order)
    American University (Washington, DC)
    California State University, Chico (Chico, CA)
    College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, ME)
    Columbia University (New York, NY)
    Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
    Dickinson College (Carlisle, PA)
    Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA)
    Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT)
    Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR)
    Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
    Pomona College (Claremont, CA)
    Portland State University (Portland, OR)
    Stanford University (Palo Alto, CA)
    University of California – Irvine (Irvine, CA)
    University of California – Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
    University of California – Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, CA)
    University of California – Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
    University of Massachusetts Amherst (Amherst, MA)
    University of South Florida (Tampa, FL)
    University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
    University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (Stevens Point, WI)

    Said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher, "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. We salute their administrators, faculty, and students for their collective efforts to protect and preserve our environment."

    Franek noted the increasing interest among students in attending "green" colleges. Among 9,955 college applicants The Princeton Review surveyed in 2013 for its "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 62% said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.

    The Princeton Review has dedicated a resource area on its website at www.princetonreview.com/green for students interested in attending a green college. There, users can also download "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition"—the only free, comprehensive guidebook to the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges. The free guide is a project The Princeton Review has done for four years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org). Published April 16, 2013, this year's 215-page guide has profiles of schools that received scores of 83 or higher in the Company's "Green Rating" tallies for 2013 (reported August 2012). The guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx or at www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

    Criteria for The Princeton Review's "Green Rating"
    The Princeton Review tallied its "Green Rating" scores based on data it obtained from the colleges in response to a 2012-13 institutional survey that asked:

    1) The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food.
    2) Whether the school offers mass transit programs, bike sharing, facilities for bicyclists, bicycle and pedestrian plans, car sharing, carpool discount, carpool/vanpool matching, cash-out of parking, prohibiting idling, local housing, telecommuting, and condensed workweek.
    3) Whether the school has a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus.
    4) Whether buildings that were constructed or underwent major renovations in the past three years are LEED certified.
    5) The school’s overall waste diversion rate.
    6) Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration.
    7) Whether the school's students graduate from programs that include sustainability as a required learning outcome or include multiple sustainability learning outcomes.
    8) Whether the school has a formal plan to mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions.
    9) The percentage of the school's energy consumption that is derived from renewable resources.
    10) Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time (or full-time equivalent) sustainability officer.

    The Princeton Review developed its "Green Rating" criteria in 2007 with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a non-profit environmental organization. Criteria broadly cover three areas: 1) whether the school’s students have a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, 2) how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges, and 3) the school's overall commitment to environmental issues. The survey includes questions about the school's energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic offerings and sustainability-related action plans.

    Additionally, The Princeton Review, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Sierra magazine, and the Sustainable Endowments Institute (SEI) have now collaborated on an effort to streamline the reporting process for institutions that choose to participate in various higher education sustainability assessments. The intent of this initiative is to reduce and streamline the amount of time campus staff spend tracking sustainability data and establish the Campus Sustainability Data Collector (CSDC). The CSDC is based on the STARS Reporting Tool and is available for all schools (free of charge) that would like to submit data to these groups in one single survey. Please find more information here: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-data-partnership.

    About The Princeton Review College Ratings and College Rankings
    The Princeton Review college ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 that the Company annually tallies for hundreds of colleges in eight categories including Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial Aid, Fire Safety, and Green. The scores appear on college profiles on its website and in its college guidebooks. The ratings are based primarily on institutional data. The Princeton Review explains the criteria for each rating at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-ratings.aspx.

    The Princeton Review college rankings are lists of schools in 62 categories (in rank order: 1 to 20) based entirely on the Company's surveys of 126,000 students attending the schools in its book, "The Best 378 Colleges." The survey asks students to rate their own schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences at them. The Princeton Review explains the basis for each ranking at www.princetonreview.com/college/college-rankings.aspx.

    About The Princeton Review
    Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.princetonreview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

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    SOURCE: The Princeton Review

    WEBSITE: http://www.princetonreview.com

    CONTACT: Jeanne Krier, Princeton Review Books, 212-539-1350, or Kristen O'Toole, The Princeton Review, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405 (kotoole@review.com).

    Available for interviews
    Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, and author of "The Best 378 Colleges," or one of the book's senior editors can discuss The Princeton Review's college ratings or rankings as well as findings from its surveys of administrators, students, and parents on college issues.

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