BU makes 'green' honor roll
UO makes honor roll for sustainability
Green Rating Honor Roll
Harvard Green Campus Initiative
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education [pdf]
Students entering college this coming academic year have grown up in a society that is increasingly concerned about the fate of the environment, and many of them have taken active steps to reduce their carbon footprint through a variety of means. Colleges and universities are following suit, and institutions from Harvard University to the University of Oregon are starting to offer "green-friendly" dormitories, solar energy initiatives on campus, and a plethora of compost piles. The Princeton Review acknowledged this welcome trend by offering up their first "Green Rating Honor Roll", which was released earlier this week. The honor roll rankings were developed in tandem with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental marketing agency, and the survey used to create these rankings drew on questions about energy use, recycling, transportation, and other metrics. This year's honor roll included Arizona State University, the College of the Atlantic, and Bates College in Maine. Commenting on this recent trend, Julian Dautremont-Smith of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education remarked, "The current generation of students wants to go to schools that take their environmental responsibility seriously. In the last two or three years, it's really picked up, past some sort of tipping point."
The first link will take users to an article from this Tuesday's Boston Globe about the growing trend of environmentally friendly initiatives on campuses across the United States. The second link leads to a news piece from the Binghamton Press & Sun Bulletin's Tuesday edition about the recent inclusion of Binghamton University on the green honor roll created by The Princeton Review. Not to be outdone, the Eugene Register-Guard reported about the recent green honor roll nod received by the University of Oregon, and interested parties can read all about it by clicking over to the third link. Moving on, the fourth link will take users to The Princeton Review's Green Ratings Honor Roll. Here, visitors can learn about those institutions that received a "99 rating" in their rating tallies. The fifth link leads to the homepage of the Harvard Green Campus Initiative and visitors can learn about the many projects underway on their grounds in both Boston and Cambridge. The last link leads users to the homepage of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Here, visitors will find great case study materials, news on campus "green" initiatives, and information on professional development.