Princeton Review's Green Rating Debuts in College Guides This Summer

Princeton Review's Green Rating Debuts in College Guides This Summer

The Princeton Review's green rating makes its first appearance this summer with the publication of the popular annual guides that feature 600 college profiles with rankings on factors ranging from financial aid and selectivity to quality of life.

The Review added the green dimension to its ratings system after it found that 63 percent of college applicants surveyed said they would value having information about a college's commitment to the environment and that such data could affect their choice to apply or attend a school.

The green rating is based on responses to a battery of questions that are designed to provide a comprehensive measure of a school's performance as an "environmentally aware and responsible institution," the Review said on its website.

Among other things, schools are asked about the extent to which they provide, foster and develop an environmentally responsible experience that prepares students "not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges," the Review said.

"The green movement on college campuses has been growing pretty dramatically over the last five to 10 years," said Lee Bodner, executive director of ecoAmerica, an environmental nonprofit consumer research and marketing organization that partnered with The Princeton Review to develop the questions for the green rating system.

"Sustainability impacts school operations on every level and it is transforming the landscape of higher education," Bodner said.

The Review plans to start publishing its 2009 guides later this month.