Creighton Featured in Princeton Review's “Guide To 286 Green Colleges”
Creighton University is among the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education-services company selected Creighton as the only school in Nebraska for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants: “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the “Guide to 286 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.
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 their own special programs and initiatives.
"Creighton is committed to working to preserve our environment and educate in a green meaningful way," said the Rev. John P. Schlegel, Creighton University president.
How the Schools Were Chosen
The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on green rating scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review’s green rating is a numerical score between 60 – 99 that’s based on several data points. In 2008, The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of the 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave green ratings to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on their green rating scores.