The Princeton Review posted its 2011 Guide to 311 Green Colleges, and according to a U.S. News article on the new ratings, student interest in eco-friendly campuses is up 5%, from 64% in 2008 to 69% this year. According to the Princeton Review survey, financial aid and academic reputation are still the most important factors when choosing where to apply, but a school’s attitude towards environmental issues is up there on the list of determining factors.
In response to the growing importance of environmentalism, schools are ramping up their commitment to the environment by creating more environmental-focused academic programs and offering greener living and learning facilities.
Factors that were taken into account for the Princeton Review report include “how much local food is served, how much waste is diverted from landfills and whether transportation options such as free bus passes or car shares are offered.”
Here is a list of the 18 most eco-friendly colleges in the U.S.:
- Arizona State University (Tempe)
- College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)
- The Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
- Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
- Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)
- Northeastern University (Boston)
- Northland College (Ashland, Wis.)
- State University of New York – Binghamton University
- Unity College (Unity, Maine)
- University of California – Berkeley
- University of California – Santa Barbara
- University of California – Santa Cruz University of Georgia (Athens)
- University of Maine (Orono)
- University of Maryland – College Park
- Warren Wilson College (Asheville, N.C.)
- West Virginia University (Morgantown)
- Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)
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