Princeton Review rates green colleges
With the Princeton Review’s newly released college rankings and ratings for 2009, prospective students can suss out a school’s academics, dorm quality, party scene — and greenness. In partnership with marketing agency ecoAmerica, the review rated 534 U.S. colleges on their commitment to environmental responsibility, provision of “healthy and sustainable” campus life, and preparation of students for “citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges.” The review graded on factors including energy use, buildings, transportation, food, recycling, and classes. The highest-scoring schools, in alphabetical order: Arizona State; Bates (Maine); Binghamton (N.Y.); College of the Atlantic (Maine); Emory (Ga.); Georgia Institute of Technology; Harvard (Mass.); U. of New Hampshire; U. of Oregon; U. of Washington; and Yale (Conn.). Arizona State and U. of New Hampshire also made the review’s list of top 20 party schools — we assume that students there guzzle only organic beer.