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U of M campuses featured in 'The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges'

May 3, 2013

For the second year in a row, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, Duluth and Morris campuses were named as three of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, profiles the U of M in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges." This is the fourth year for the Twin Cities campus to appear in the guide. 

"Students find sustainability experiences unique to each campus setting - small town to large urban center and we are really proud for three of our campuses to be included," said Amy Short, the U’s Sustainability Director. "At the U of M, students also network across campuses to build a stronger university community."

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at over 800 four-year colleges. The company analyzed data regarding the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and sustainability, then assigned each a Green Score ranging from 60 to 99. Schools with a score of 83 or higher were profiled in the Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

The guide's profile on the Twin Cities campus highlights the school’s strengths in "applying sustainable strategies at the interface of science, technology, business and public policy"; "opportunities in research" through the Institute on the Environment; and comprehensive waste and energy reduction savings through the "It All Adds Up" campaign. The guide also highlights the University of Minnesota Duluth’s partnership with Duluth Transit Authority to provide free, unlimited bus rides to the campus community, and University of Minnesota Morris’ innovative wind energy projects that serve 60% of their electrical needs.

"We are truly pleased to recommend these University of Minnesota campuses, along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices," said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher of  The Princeton Review.

Franek noted his Company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges.

"Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," Franek said. 

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools  (CGS) at the U.S. Green Building Council, with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of CGS.

The guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

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