USGBC Greens Higher Ed

By Adam Figman

Go green The environmental and sustainability programs that are consistently implemented by colleges and universities across the country will now be officially cataloged for the first time, as a part of a guide put together by The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Entitled “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges,” the guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide, and includes profiles of the country’s most sustainable campuses. It also investigates how institutions are using USGBC’s LEED certification program, where the best environmental literacy programs are, who uses the most renewable energy resources, and more.

The 286 schools were chosen based on their “Green Rating” scores, which were formulated in 2009 by the Princeton Review. All 697 schools with online college profiles were given a school, and 286 were in the 80th percentile or above. (In the guide, the 286 schools are not ranked.) Annually, the Princeton Review also names a “Green Honor Roll,” for schools with the highest possible Green Rating (99).

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges” can be downloaded online at and

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