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The Princeton Review Gives 806 Colleges Green Ratings
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PRINCETON REVIEW REPORTS "GREEN RATING" SCORES FOR 806 COLLEGES FOR 2013
NEW YORK, August 20, 2012 – The Princeton Review—known for its education services helping students choose and get in to colleges—today reported its fifth annual "Green Ratings" of colleges: a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99. The Company tallied the rating for 806 institutions based on its institutional surveys of colleges in 2011-12 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.
The "Green Rating" scores appear in the Princeton Review profiles of the colleges on www.PrincetonReview.com and in the new 2013 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks published by Random House, Inc: "The Complete Book of Colleges" published August 7, and "The Best 377 Colleges", which will go on sale August 21 in a print edition and a new enhanced eBook edition.
The Princeton Review's "2013 Green Rating Honor Roll"
Twenty-one colleges received the highest possible score (99) in the Princeton Review tallies this year. The Company named these colleges to its "2013 Green Rating Honor Roll." The list, which appears on www.PrincetonReview.com and in "The Best 377 Colleges", includes:
(in alphabetical order)
Said Robert Franek, Princeton Review Senior VP / Publisher, "We commend the administrators, faculty and students at the schools on our "Green Rating" Honor Roll for their exemplary commitments to the environment in their practices, policies and program offerings."
Franek noted the rising interest among students in attending "green" colleges. Among 7,445 college applicants Princeton Review surveyed in 2012 for its "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 68% said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.
Criteria for Princeton Review's Green Rating 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 institutional survey for the rating included questions on energy use, recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. (See list below.) The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a non-profit environmental organization, in 2007-08.
The Princeton Review dedicated a resource area on its site 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: 2012 Edition"—the only free, comprehensive guidebook to the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges. The 230-page guide is a project The Princeton Review has done for three years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org). Published April 20, 2012, it has profiles of schools that received scores of 83 or higher in the Company's 2012 tallies for its Green Ratings. 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 the "Green Rating "scores based on data it obtained in 2011-2012 from the colleges in response to an institutional survey. The survey included questions asking the schools to report:
1) The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food
2) Whether the school offers programs including free bus passes, universal access transit passes, bike sharing/renting, car sharing, carpool parking, vanpooling or guaranteed rides home to encourage alternatives to single-passenger automobile use for students
3) Whether the school has a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus
4) Whether new buildings are required to be LEED (environmental certification of equipment/appliances) Silver certified or comparable
5) The school's overall waste diversion rate
6) Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration
7) Whether the school has an environmental literacy requirement for all of its graduates
8) Whether the school has produced a publicly available greenhouse gas emissions inventory and adopted a climate action plan consistent with 80 percent greenhouse gas reductions by 2050 targets
9) What percentage of the school's energy consumption is derived from renewable resources
10) Whether the school employs a dedicated full-time sustainability officer.
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 site 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 122,000 students attending the schools in its book, "The Best 377 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 college and graduate school–bound 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. The Princeton Review is not a magazine, and the Company is not affiliated with Princeton University.
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