SRU named one of nation’s greenest colleges by Princeton Review
Sept. 22, 2017
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. - The Princeton Review has named Slippery Rock University as one of the 375 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country in its 2017 "Guide to 375 Green Colleges."
Colleges were selected for inclusion based on their "Green Rating" scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016-17 survey of school administrators.
The survey asked universities to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide.
The Princeton Review developed its "Green Rating" for schools working with a panel of experts on higher education sustainability practices to develop a survey for school administrators covering three key factors, including:
• Whether students have a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable;
• How well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy; and
• How environmentally responsible a school's policies are.
"We strongly recommend SRU and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher for The Princeton Review.
"We are extremely pleased to once again be listed among the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges," said Philip Way, SRU interim president. "Sustainability is part of this institution's DNA, it is part of our strategic plan and our culture."
Franek also commented on the growing interest in green colleges The Princeton Review has seen among college-bound students.
"Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college."
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