The Princeton Review Releases Green Ratings 2011

Princeton Review Today, The Princeton Review released
its third 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 703 institutions and used the Green Rating system it developed with ecoAmerica in 2007-08. Among the top schools excelling in areas such as lowered energy use,
recycling, food, buildings, and transportation as well as academic
offerings and action plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions were many University of California campuses, Harvard, Yale and Arizona State to name a few.

Posted August 3, 2010

By: The Princeton Review


· Ratings
Based on Environmental Practices, Policies and Course Offerings
Honor Roll Salutes 18 Colleges Receiving Highest Green Rating Score: 99

YORK, August 2, 2010  — The Princeton Review – known for its education
services helping students choose and get in to colleges – today reported
its third 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 703 institutions based its
institutional surveys of colleges in 2009-10 concerning their
environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.

Green Rating scores appear in the profiles of the 703 schools that The
Princeton Review today posted on
They are also in the profiles of those schools in the new 2011 editions
of three Princeton Review guidebooks:  "The Best 373 Colleges" ($22.99)
and "Complete Book of Colleges" ($26.99) – both on sale August 3, and
"The Best Northeastern Colleges" ($16.99) – on sale August 10, all
published by Random House.

The Princeton Review’s
"2011 Green Rating Honor Roll"

Princeton Review also today named 18 colleges to its "2011 Green Rating
Honor Roll" – a list of colleges that received the highest possible
score (99) in its Green Rating tallies this year.  Published in "The
Best 373 Colleges" guidebook, the list includes:

alphabetical order)
Arizona State University (Tempe)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor ME)
The Evergreen State College (Olympia WA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
Northeastern University (Boston MA)
Northland College (Ashland WI)
State University of New York – Binghamton University
Unity College (Unity ME)
University of California – Berkeley
University of California – Santa Barbara
University of California – Santa Cruz
University of Georgia (Athens)
University of Maine (Orono)
University of Maryland – College Park
Warren Wilson College (Asheville NC)
West Virginia University (Morgantown)
Yale University (New Haven CT)

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.   Also, we thank the 703
institutions that supplied us with data we requested to tally their
Green Rating scores this year.  We are pleased to play a role in helping
students identify, apply to, and get into these schools."

noted the rising interest among students in attending green colleges. 
Among 12,000 college applicants and parents of applicants The Princeton
Review surveyed this year for its annual "College Hopes & Worries
Survey," 64% of respondents said they would value having information
about a college's commitment to the environment.  Within that cohort,
23% said such information would "very much" 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. 

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. The
Princeton Review developed its Green Rating with ecoAmerica (, a non-profit
environmental organization, in 2007-08.

The Princeton
Review dedicated a resource area on its site
for students interested in attending a green college. There, users can
also download "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges" – the
first free, comprehensive guidebook to the nation's most
environmentally responsible colleges. The 197-page guide is a project
The Princeton Review developed in partnership with the U.S. Green
Building Council (  
Published April 20, it has profiles of schools that received scores in
the 80th or higher percentile in the Company's 2009 tallies
for its Green Ratings.  The guide can be downloaded at
or at

The Princeton Review College Ratings and College Rankings

Princeton Review college ratings are scores on a scale of 60 to 99 in
up to eight categories that appear on college profiles on its site and
college guidebooks.   The ratings are based primarily on institutional
data.  Categories include Academics, Admissions Selectivity, Financial
Aid, Fire Safety and Green. The Princeton Review explains the criteria
for each rating at 

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 373
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 list at

August 18, from 8:30 to 9:30 pm EDT, The Princeton Review will host a
free, online event –  "Finding Your Best Fit College" – with advice for
college applicants from author, Robert Franek.  (Information: www.princetonreviewcom/bestfitcolleges)

Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial
offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the
country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it
is not a magazine.

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