With Earth Day right around the corner The Princeton Review released its third annual “Guide to 322 Green College” and selected Creighton University among the list of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada. Creighton was the only school in Nebraska to be selected by the nationally known education-services company.
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” is the first free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
The Guide, which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide, profiles the nation’s most environmentally responsible campuses. From solar-panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, the guide looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using USGBC’s LEED green building certification program, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs and much more.
The Guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
According to Princeton Review's recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply or attend. The guide was created to help them evaluate how institutions such as Creighton focus on environmental responsibility.
Creighton joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the green movement through programs such as Creighton’s Sustainability Council, which is comprised of students, staff and faculty and looks to “bring effective sustainability strategies and integrate the movement in what we teach, how we live and work and extending this to our daily lives.”
The university has since instituted a single-stream recycling program and undertaken a “clean green” initiative: 97 percent of cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal Certified, 15 percent of the energy consumed at the university is derived from renewable sources. A student environmental coalition, the “GreenJays,” was formed recently and is working on several initiatives, including planning the Teach-In on Global Warming and a ban-the-bottle campaign to get rid of bottled water.
How the Schools Were Chosen
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. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book's school profiles.