The Princeton Review has recognized the University of Richmond’s sustainability efforts in its 2017 “Guide to 375 Green Colleges.” This seventh annual edition reviewed hundreds of four-year colleges.

“At the University of Richmond, sustainability means creating environmental, social and economic conditions that foster health and well-being for people and the natural world in this generation and generations to come,” said Rob Andrejewski, director of sustainability. “This recognition acknowledges the breadth and depth of our sustainability programs that support that mission.”

In April 2016, the university installed a photovoltaic solar array on top of the Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness. A little more than a year later, those panels have generated more than 275,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, enough juice to power 28 homes for a year and equivalent to the amount of carbon sequestered annually by 183 acres of forests. The university is also launching Rethink Waste this semester, a program aimed at diverting 75 percent of waste from the landfill by 2025.

The schools were chosen based on “Green Ratings” from a 2016-17 survey completed by school administrators. More than 25 data points, including the school's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs were weighted in the assessment.

The Princeton Review profiled the colleges based on their academic and career preparation offerings, and their policies, activities and goals on campus. The guide is intended to allow prospective students to see a college’s commitment to the environment.

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