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America's Greenest Colleges

The sustainability of an institution is becoming an increasingly important factor in decisions of where to attend college. As a result, Princeton Review has teamed up with the USGBC to produce a green guide to 320 U.S. colleges, writes Ben Schiller.
May 10, 2012, 9am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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With Princeton Review's latest "Hopes and Worries" survey indicating that 68% of college-bound students factor an institution's commitment to sustainability when making their college choice, the sixteen colleges listed in the Review's new "Green Honor Roll" are bound to see an uptick in applications.

According to Schiller, "The choice of schools, from 760 that submitted survey responses, is based on campus environmental initiatives, how deeply the curriculum integrates sustainability, and how well the colleges are preparing students for green jobs."

"The best integrate sustainability across their community, how they manage their finances, their academic offerings, and their operations. They don't treat sustainability as an add-on or extra-credit assignment," says Rachel Gutter, director of the USGBC's Center for Green Schools.

"They don't have an environmental studies major, and call it a day. They are actually looking at how sustainability is woven into every single major and minor."

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Published on Wednesday, May 9, 2012 in Fast Company Co.Exist
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