Princeton Review adds green grades to college ratings

The annual college guide will feature a "green rating" for the first time in its 2009 edition. More than 600 college profiles will be graded on envrironmental responsibility, sustainable buildings, and other criteria.


The Princeton Review will add a “green rating” to 600 college profiles in its annual college guides at the end of July. The green rating score is a composite of factors from building and transportation policies, recycling, food sourcing, and environmental courses offered.The data used to evaluate each school will be from data collected during the 2007-08 academic year.
“The rating is a numerical score on a scale of 60 to 99, which is similar to other numerical ratings in the Review’s school profiles,” said Harriet Brand, a spokeswoman for Princeton Review. According to the organization, 63% of college applicants surveyed said they would value having information about a college’s commitment to the environment and that it would impact their decision to apply or attend the school.
Among other things, schools are asked about the extent to which they provide, foster and develop an environmentally responsible experience that prepares students "not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges," the Review said.
Campuses have been going green for a while now. The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education has a rating system for schools. The Worldwatch Institute outlines campus greening initiatives on its web site. And, the Sustainable Endowments Institute puts out the College Sustainability Report Card that grades 200 schools that have large endowments according to how they spend those endowments in ways that benefit the environment.

The Princeton Review developed the rating in conjunction with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental research organization.

Although The Princeton Review has not yet released the ratings, the organization released a list of unique practices that specific colleges engage in.

Included in the list was Ripon College, which was chosen for its decision to give incoming freshman a free mountain bike, helmet, and lock if they do not bring a car to campus. Southern Illinois University was mentioned for having a unique earthworm recycling method called “vermiposting” that feeds campus food and paper waste to 2 million worms that turn it into compost.

No comments
Consulting-Specifying Engineer's Product of the Year (POY) contest is the premier award for new products in the HVAC, fire, electrical, and...
Consulting-Specifying Engineer magazine is dedicated to encouraging and recognizing the most talented young individuals...
The MEP Giants program lists the top mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection engineering firms in the United States.
Commissioning lighting control systems; 2016 Commissioning Giants; Design high-efficiency hot water systems for hospitals; Evaluating condensation and condensate
Solving HVAC challenges; Thermal comfort criteria; Liquid-immersion cooling; Specifying VRF systems; 2016 Product of the Year winners
MEP Giants; MEP Annual Report; Mergers and acquisitions; Passive, active fire protection; LED retrofits; HVAC energy efficiency
Driving motor efficiency; Preventing Arc Flash in mission critical facilities; Integrating alternative power and existing electrical systems
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Designing generator systems; Using online commissioning tools; Selective coordination best practices
As brand protection manager for Eaton’s Electrical Sector, Tom Grace oversees counterfeit awareness...
Amara Rozgus is chief editor and content manager of Consulting-Specifier Engineer magazine.
IEEE power industry experts bring their combined experience in the electrical power industry...
Michael Heinsdorf, P.E., LEED AP, CDT is an Engineering Specification Writer at ARCOM MasterSpec.
click me