If you are looking to go to college (or your child is) and you’d like to find a green one, Princeton Review and the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have released a free guide to a full 322 green colleges.
It’s actually the partnership’s 3rd annual green colleges guide and is 232 pages in length. Here’s some more information from this week’s news release on the guide:
“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The 232-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. The Guide was developed with generous support from United Technologies Corp (www.utc.com), founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.
College applicants using the guide will find in it:
- School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information
- “Green Highlights” write-ups detailing each school’s most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives
- “Green Facts” sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance
- A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to “zero waste”
- Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
Looks like a useful guide, and apparently the targeted audience, students looking to go to college, is very green-minded these days. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review. That’s a pretty impressive percentage for such a strong statement.
And the ‘purchasing power’ of incoming students is of course pretty tremendous, so universities and colleges would be wise to make getting on that guide and looking good there a priority.
“In this unique period of time during their college search, prospective students and their parents have a combined buying power of at least $464 billion,” said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC.
For more information, check out the news release or the green guide on one of these two sites:
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