May 4, 2012
The Princeton Review recently named the University of Chicago one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada. The Review selected the University based on progress in becoming more sustainable. In their report, the Princeton Review highlighted the University's partnership with Argonne National Laboratory and Facilities Services' efforts to construct energy efficient utility plants and buildings on campus. The report also highlighted the University's bike share program, recycles, and the Program on the Global Environment.
"The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges" profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in four areas—their academic offerings, campus facilities, student activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review publishes the guide each year in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and profiles hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada. The 322 schools were chosen based on a survey completed by the Review in 2011, asking administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The guide can be downloaded here (PDF).
"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," stated Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher at the Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68%) told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school." The Princeton review is thrilled to partner with the USGBC to make this free resource available to all prospective college students seeking to attend sustainable institutions.
The University of Chicago joins the ranks of universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the "green" movement through their own programs and initiatives. "We are delighted that campus sustainability efforts are being acknowledged by the Princeton Review," says Ilsa Flanagan, Director of the Office of Sustainability. "Students, faculty, and staff and our own Facilities Services department should get most of the credit. Their enthusiasm and commitment combined with that unique U of C way of looking at the world, is making all the difference."