Marquette is one of seven Wisconsin institutions of higher education named to the Princeton Review's "2014 Guide to 332 Green Colleges," produced in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The university was chosen for demonstrating notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. This is the third consecutive year that Marquette has made the list.
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THE PRINCETON REVIEW RELEASES 5th ANNUAL FREE “GUIDE TO GREEN COLLEGES" IN PARTNERSHIP WITH THE CENTER FOR GREEN SCHOOLS AT USGBC
NEW YORK, April 17, 2014 — As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), today released the fifth annual edition of its free guidebook saluting the most environmentally responsible "green colleges."
"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. Among the many schools that have made the guide for the past five years are Georgia Tech, the University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Oregon.
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The Princeton Review, one of the nation’s leading education services companies, first published the guide in 2010 in collaboration with USGBC. That year, USGBC, widely known for developing the LEED green building rating system, launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC to increase efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed, maintained, and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences. The guide was initially developed with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.
Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, commended USGBC and United Technologies Corp. for their generous support to help make this guide a free resource, particularly in light of the broad interest among today's college-bound students in environmental issues.
"Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," Franek said. "To all students seeking to study and live at 'green' colleges we strongly recommend these schools. Among the 332 colleges in this guide: 30% of their total food expenditures goes towards purchases of local and/or organic food; 63% of the schools offer an undergraduate major or degree that is sustainability-focused, and 73% of the new construction on their campuses is LEED-certified."
Said Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, "Every year, millions of high school seniors must choose the college that's best for them. In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today’s four-year college bound students. We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process.”
How Schools Were Chosen for the Book
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 this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools 1 to 332, nor does it report their Green Rating scores in this book.) Information about the Company's Green Rating and its "Green Honor Roll" list of 22 schools that received the highest possible score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx
About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.
About the U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visitusgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG)and connect onTwitter,FacebookandLinkedIn.
About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org, follow us on Twitter at @mygreenschools, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/centerforgreenschools.
About United Technologies Corp.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. The company’s commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which includes Carrier, and its aerospace businesses are Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and UTC Aerospace Systems.
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