Ursinus Named One of “311 Greenest Colleges”

Ursinus College is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review, which selected Ursinus for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition. The guide is released this week in conjunction with Earth Day. Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org), the guidebook profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the Company polled in 2010 about their school’s sustainability initiatives.

The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

The Princeton Review first created this resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org).

The Princeton Review chose the 311 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2010 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The company tallied Green Ratings for 703 institutions in summer 2010. The 311 schools in this guide received scores of 80 or above in that assessment.