Ursinus College is one of Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), profiles the most environmentally responsible colleges in its third annual edition which is available each year in conjunction with Earth Day, April 22.
“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 book can be downloaded from the Princeton Review and Center for Green Schools.
The USGBC, is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system. In 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated.
College applicants using the guide will find school profiles, “green highlights,” general sustainability information and other information. The guidebook also has an introductory section discussing sustainability issues and advice on living green on campus.
The excerpt on Ursinus states, in part, “Several sustainability-related campus endeavors began as student projects and are sustained by student volunteers, like an organic garden, a constructed wetland ecosystem,and an on-campus bike sharing program. For just $5 per academic year, students can gain access to the college’s fleet of bicycles for easy transportation around campus or through nearby nature trails. To support future efforts, Ursinus College has established an independent, annual budget to fund energy efficiency initiatives.”
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 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 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.