The University of Rochester has been furthering its reputation as a green school of choice and for the second year in a row the Princeton Review has recognized that. Each year, the Princeton Review invites over 2,000 schools to take its annual survey and from that the Guide to 311 Green Colleges is developed. The list is published through a partnership with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), the institution that created the LEED building certification program. The purpose is to assist soon-to-be college attendees in their search to find the perfect school that is not only an excellent academic institution but has demonstrated a notable commitment to sustainability as well. In the 220 page book, the Princeton Review profiles each school and focuses on the following three areas which it has found to be the most important to students:
1.) whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable;
2) how well a school is preparing students for employment in the green economy;
3) how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.
In the book, the University of Rochester is in such company as Harvard, Emory, Bard, Yale, and the University’s of Washington, Portland, and Vermont. Our friends at the Rochester Institute of Technology also made the list. UR is noted for its 25 initiatives, the mortgage incentive program, and the UR biodiesel project. With our ongoing improvements and continuing efforts to sustainability we can expect to continue to make this cutting edge list in future years to come.
To learn more about sustainability at the University of Rochester, visit: http://www.rochester.edu/sustainability/