Purdue selected for Princeton Review green college guide

June 7, 2012

Purdue is one of 322 colleges and universities to be included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012.

The guide, created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The Princeton Review noted Purdue's dual stream recycling program, grassroots initiatives such as Boiler Green Initiative's green roof project, and commitment to LEED certification in the Roger B. Gatewood Wing of the Mechanical Engineering Building, Marriott Hall and Student and Fitness Wellness Center. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a nationally recognized, voluntary green building rating system that provides third-party verification of a building's performance.

"I am proud of Purdue's inclusion in this year's version of The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges," says Michael Gulich, director of university sustainability. "This visibility provides recognition for our current initiatives and also provides a benchmark to measure our future initiatives against."

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 to tally its annual "Green Rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99). The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. 

The 322 schools in the guide received scores of 83 or above in the assessment. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include the scores in the guide's school profiles.

The 232-page book can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.