Georgia Southern University is one of the 413 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country according to The Princeton Review for the ninth consecutive year. The education services company known for its test prep, tutoring services, books and college rankings features Georgia Southern in the 2019 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition.
The Princeton Review chose the schools it profiles in the guide based on a survey they conducted in 2018-19, which questioned administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.
“We are proud to earn continued recognition as a leader in sustainability at the national level,” said Lissa Leege, Ph.D., Center for Sustainability director. “We have increased our commitment to sustainability this year as an institution, with the incorporation of sustainability as a value that accompanies the university’s mission, and as a pillar in our strategic plan. We look forward to the integration of these values on all three campuses and to new strides towards these goals in the years to come.”
The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid and student body statistics. They also include green facts about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives and the percentage of food budget spent on local, organic food. In the Campus Life section of the profile, The Princeton Review posts the school’s 2019 Princeton Review Green Rating score, and a more detailed Green Highlights narrative write-up.
According to the information listed on The Princeton Review website, “Georgia Southern emphasizes renewable energy and environmental science research through initiatives such as research on converting Georgia-grown agricultural products into marketable fuel. In addition, the university’s Center for Sustainability hosts student-led sustainability action projects such as participating in ‘No Impact Week,’ every day of which was dedicated to a different way students could take on eco-responsible habits, such as reducing consumption, trash and alternative transportation.”
“We salute—and strongly recommend Georgia Southern to many environmentally-minded students who want to study and live at a green college,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, editor-in-chief.
Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among the 11,900 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2019 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 64 percent said that having information about the college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.
The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 385 Colleges and Best Value Colleges.
For more information regarding The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition and to see a full list of this year’s recipients visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.