Educating for sustainability

Furman University is listed in the fifth edition of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, a guidebook saluting the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.” The new edition of the free guidebook was announced as the nation celebrates Earth Day, April 22.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition profiles 330 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability in their academics, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The guidebook is a publication of The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

The 216-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annual guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at this link or www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs.

Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its “Green Ratings” (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools, and reported them in the school profiles on the company’s website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in the guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

The guide looks at metrics like percent of total food expenditures allocated to local and/or organic food, the availability of an undergraduate major or degree that is sustainability-focused, and the predominance of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified  new construction on campuses.

For more information about the guide, contact the Shi Center for Sustainability at 864-294-3655. At The Princeton Review, contact Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350, or pressoffice@review.com. At U.S. Green Building Council, contact Jacob Kriss, 202-595-3992, or jkriss@usgbc.org.