Auburn featured in the Princeton Review’s 2011 Guide to Green Colleges

AUBURN – Auburn University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”

The education services company selected Auburn for inclusion in its just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

“Auburn University has made sustainability a core commitment in its strategic plan,” said Michael Kensler, director of the Office of Sustainability and Campus Sustainability Operations. “This recognition is acknowledgement of Auburn’s efforts to develop an ethic and practice of sustainability across our campus. Auburn is proud to be among the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the green movement through their own special programs and initiatives.”

Schools were chosen based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school’s sustainability initiatives. The guide is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Released on April 20, just two days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, the guide provides profiles of colleges that include application information plus facts, statistics, and write-ups reporting on the schools’ environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review first created the resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

“College bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing. “Among 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 ‘College Hopes and Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

For information about Auburn University’s Office of Sustainability, go to www.auburn.edu/sustainability.

Contact: Michael Kensler, (334) 844-7777 (mdk0003@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)