The Princeton Review’s first “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” recognizes the University of Richmond among “the nation’s most environmentally-responsible campuses.”
Colleges included in the just-published e-book “have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives,” the college guidebook company said.
The free, online publication has been produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and considers each institution’s commitment to LEED certification of buildings, environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs, and other factors. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide or www.usgbc.org/campus.
“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. “According to our 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 to or attend it.
“We created this guide to help them evaluate how institutions like the University of Richmond focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process,” Franek said.
Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and chair of USGBC, said that green campuses reap cost savings while improving student learning and quality of life through such simple practices as increased use of natural light.
“Green facilities make colleges more attractive to students and can dramatically reduce energy costs,” Fedrizzi said. “Higher education is a top priority market segment for USGBC because graduates of green colleges become incredible drivers of change when they call for similar surroundings in their jobs and communities.”
The guide also provides information about colleges that have dedicated environmental studies curricula, a field which Franek said will have many future job opportunities.
The guide highlights the schools that are doing an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals, he said.

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