April 25, 2012—North Central College is among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America, according to The Princeton Review.
The education services company in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected North Central College for inclusion in the third edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”
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. The Princeton Review chose the schools for the guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2011 about their school’s sustainability initiatives.
The guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information, plus facts, stats and write-ups reporting on schools’ environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
The Princeton Review first created this resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is 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, senior vice president of publishing for The Princeton Review. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our spring 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly seven out of 10 (68 percent) said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”
North Central College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the United States and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The company tallied Green Ratings for 703 institutions in summer 2010. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 80 or above in that assessment. Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology is available at princetonreview.com/green.aspx.
At North Central College—where students can earn a minor in environmental studies—sustainability is the collective effort of students, faculty, staff and visitors working toward the development of a socially just, environmentally responsible and economically functional campus community. Sustainability highlights in recent years include the elimination of trays in the dining hall; the creation of a community garden; the opening of the Residence Hall/Recreation Center, which is a certified Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) building; implementation of the Cardinal Red Bike Program, which makes bicycles available to students on a per-term basis for free; participation in the Zipcar program, which allows students, faculty and staff to reserve a car online or by mobile phone; and implementation of the Cardinal Shuttle to encourage ride-sharing transportation.