The Sustainability Studies Program is glad to report that, for the third consecutive year, Roosevelt University has made the Princeton Review’s prestigious list of the top 332 green colleges and universities in the US. Great credit for these accomplishments go to the many staff, faculty, and students who have contributed to RU’s efforts since 2010 to become more environmentally sustainable in its operations and to integrate sustainability into its curriculum.
Special thanks for their hard work and vision are due to Paul Matthews, Assistant VP for Planning and Operations; Tom Shelton, Sustainability Coordinator; and Mary Beth Radeck, 2013 environmental sustainability associate (and SUST major!). Mary Beth will be speaking at the upcoming SUST Student Symposium next Wednesday at 4pm at the Chicago Campus (room 1016 in the Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash in downtown Chicago).
The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have teamed up yet again to release the fifth annual edition of the unique, free guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible green colleges. The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition (pdf) profiles 332 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. This book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.
The Guide provides college applicants with:
- School profiles with application, admission, financial aid and student enrollment information
- “Green Highlights” – write-ups detailing each school’s most impressive environmental and sustainability initiatives
- “Green Facts” sidebars reporting statistics and facts on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies programs, and green jobs career guidance
- A glossary of 40+ green terms and acronyms from AASHE to “zero waste”
- Lists identifying schools in the book with various green distinctions – among them: those with LEED-certified buildings and those that are signatories of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment