Puget Sound in The Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to 332 Green Colleges

April 21, 2014

Free guide profiles schools that outperform in sustainability

– University of Puget Sound is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The national education services company profiles Puget Sound in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges.

The schools were chosen based on a 2013 survey of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The survey measured the schools' commitment to the environment and to sustainability, including questions on the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. In the guide Puget Sound is commended for actions and policies including:

  • An active Sustainability Advisory Committee, including students, faculty, and staff, that focuses on consumption, curriculum, campus climate, and outreach
  • Recycling and composting initiatives
  • Zero-waste events such as LogJam, Spring Lu’au, and Garbology, where students sort through trash and determine what could have been recycled
  • Green advocate appointees in residence halls to facilitate education about sustainable living
  • Participation in Fair Trade Month and a campus environmental film series
  • Almost 100 courses offered have a sustainability focus and more than 300 others are sustainability related. The vast majority of academic departments offer at least one class with a connection to sustainability

Puget Sound in 2012  separately achieved a “gold” rating in the STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) national system for measuring sustainable practices—a system that involves more than 600 universities and colleges across the country and overseas. Details about STARS and many other sustainable practices at Puget Sound are available here: pugetsound.edu/news-and-events/campus-news/details/1049/.

The Princeton Review created its Guide to 332 Green Colleges in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. Published a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide and centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher for The Princeton Review, said, “We are pleased to recommend University of Puget Sound to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices.”

Franek noted his company's recent survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges.

“Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school." 

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, commented, “Sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students. We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”

For the full list of Green Colleges visit: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-schools-full-list.aspx
For the methodology in selecting colleges visit: http://www.princetonreview.com/green-rating-methodology.aspx

Photos on page: Top right: A student staff member rotate recycling bins; Above left: Students from the Community Involvement and Action Center salvage extra food for those who can use it.

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