The Princeton Review Gives 697 Colleges ‘Green’ Ratings In New 2010 Editions of Its Annual College Guides and Website Profiles of Schools

TPR Green Honor Roll This week, The Princeton Review announced the second annual
College Green Ratings
, which we helped them launch last year. We are thrilled
to see that number of schools participating in the survey increased by 30% (697
this year vs. 534 last year), representing another positive metric. 
ecoAmerica partnered with the Princeton Review, known for its test-prep
courses, books and website resources helping students choose and get in
to colleges, to develop the Green Rating which measures the environmental practices most relevant to students and parents in the college selection process.

Posted July 27, 2009
By PRNewswire, SunHerald.com

/PRNewswire-FirstCall/
— The Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) — known for its education
services helping students choose and get in to colleges — today
reported its second annual Green Ratings of colleges: a measure of how
environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99.
The company tallied its Green Ratings for 697 institutions based on
data it collected from the colleges in 2008-09 concerning their
environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings.

The
Princeton Review also named 15 colleges to its "2010 Green Rating Honor
Roll" — a list that salutes the institutions that received the highest
possible score — 99 — in this year's rating tallies. (List follows.)

The
Green Rating scores appear in the profiles of the 697 schools that The
Princeton Review posted today on its site, www.PrincetonReview.com. The
ratings are also in profiles of those schools in the 2010 editions of
three Princeton Review books: "The Best 371 Colleges" (on sale July 28,
$22.99), "The Best Northeastern Colleges" (on sale August 4, $16.99),
and "Complete Book of Colleges" (on sale August 4, $26.99), all
published by Random House.

Criteria

The
Princeton Review developed its Green Rating criteria and institutional
survey in 2007 with ecoAmerica (www.ecoamerica.org), a non-profit
environmental organization that continues to participate in this
project. The criteria for the rating cover three broad 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
ten questions on everything from energy use, recycling, food,
buildings, and transportation to academic offerings (availability of
environmental studies degrees and courses) and action plans and goals
concerning greenhouse gas emission reductions.

The Princeton Review's "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll"

This
list, published in "The Best 371 Colleges," salutes 15 institutions
(eight private and seven public colleges) that received the highest
possible rating score of 99. It includes:

 (in alphabetical order)
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
Bates College (Lewiston ME)
Binghamton University (State Univ. of New York at Binghamton)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor ME)
Colorado College (Colorado Springs CO)
Dickinson College (Carlisle PA)
Evergreen State College (Olympia WA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury VT)
Northeastern University (Boston MA)
University of California - Berkeley
University of New Hampshire (Durham)
University of Washington (Seattle)
Yale University (New Haven CT)

Said Robert Franek, V.P. / Publisher, The
Princeton Review, "The 'green' movement on college campuses is far more
than an Earth Day recycling project. It is growing tremendously among
students and administrators alike. This year we saw a 30% increase in
the number of colleges participating in our Green Rating survey. We
thank the nearly 700 institutions (697 vs. 534 last year) that supplied
us with the data we requested to tally their scores. Many have shown
extraordinary commitments to environmental issues and to the
environment in their practices and programs. We are pleased to play a
role in helping students who care deeply about these issues identify,
get into, and study at these schools."

Franek
noted the rising interest among students in attending colleges that
practice, teach and support environmentally responsible choices. Among
almost 16,000 college applicants and parents of applicants The
Princeton Review surveyed this year for its annual "College Hopes &
Worries Survey," 66% of respondents overall (and 68% of students vs.
59% of parents) said they would value having information about a
college's commitment to the environment — a 4% increase from last
year's respondents. Among that cohort, 24% of respondents overall (26%
of students vs. 18% of parents) said such information would "very much"
impact their (their child's) decision to apply to or attend the school.

The
Princeton Review has dedicated a resource area on its website for
students and others interested in learning more about the rating and
the benefits of attending a green college. The area
www.princetonreview.com/green has information on colleges with
exemplary environmental programs, questions to ask on school visits,
and links to organizations that promote higher education and campus
sustainability programs.

About The Princeton Review College Ratings and College Rankings

The
Princeton Review college ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 in
eight categories that it reports in some college profiles on its
website and in its college guides. The ratings are based primarily on
institutional data. In addition to the Green Rating, other rating
categories include: Financial Aid, and Fire Safety (for which The
Princeton Review also reports Honor Rolls of schools receiving its
highest possible score of 99), and Admissions Selectivity. Schools from
which The Princeton Review does not receive sufficient data in a
category to tally a rating receive a score of 60* (sixty with an
asterisk).

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 371 Colleges." The survey asks students to rate their
own schools on dozens of topics and report on their campus experiences
at them.

About The Princeton Review

The
Princeton Review (Nasdaq: REVU) has been a pioneer and leader in
helping students achieve their higher education goals for more than 25
years through college and graduate school test preparation and
tutoring. With more than 165 print and digital publications and a free
website, www.PrincetonReview.com, the Company provides student and
their parents with the resources to research, apply to, prepare for,
and learn how to pay for higher education. The Princeton Review also
partners with schools and guidance counselors throughout the U.S. to
assist in college readiness, test preparation and career planning
services, helping more students pursue postsecondary education. The
Company is headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in
New York City and test preparation locations across the country and
abroad. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton
University and it is not a magazine.

About ecoAmerica

ecoAmerica
(www.ecoAmerica.org) is an environmental nonprofit that uses consumer
research, partnerships, and engagement marketing to shift the personal
and civic choices of mainstream Americans. ecoAmerica partnered with
The Princeton Review to develop the initial concept of the Green Rating
and provided strategic planning and partnership building expertise for
its development. Other programs ecoAmerica has launched include The
American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, Nature
Rocks, and GreenCareers by MonsterTRAK.

Web site: http://www.princetonreview.com

SOURCE The Princeton Review


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