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Princeton Review names North Central College among ‘311 Green Colleges’

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April 22, 2011—The Princeton Review has named North Central College among the most environmentally responsible colleges in North America.

The education services company in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) selected North Central College for inclusion in the second annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 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 2010 about their school’s sustainability initiatives.

“North Central College recognizes its commitment to sustainability is not a single program or final destination but rather a dynamic, integral part of campus culture,” says Abby Hahne, the College’s sustainability coordinator. “Our inclusion in this guide is indicative of the progress North Central has made in providing a campus lifestyle which prepares and enables students to compete for a growing number of sustainability-related leadership, service and employment opportunities.”

Released on April 20, just two days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, 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 and

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 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly seven out of 10 (69 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 311 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2010 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 311 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

At North Central College, 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 designed to meet Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) standards; 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.

Founded in 1861 and celebrating its Sesquicentennial in 2011, North Central College is an independent, comprehensive college of the liberal arts and sciences that offers more than 55 undergraduate majors and graduate programming in six areas. Located in the Historic District of Naperville, Illinois—rated by Money magazine as among the nation’s “Best Places to Live”—North Central College is just 30 minutes from Chicago’s Loop. With more than 2,900 undergraduate and graduate students, North Central College is committed to academic excellence, a climate that emphasizes leadership, ethics, values and service, a curriculum that balances job-related knowledge with a liberal arts foundation and a caring environment with small classes. Visit to learn more.


North Central College: Ted Slowik, director of PR and media relations, 630-637-5307,
The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350,
U.S. Green Building Council: Marisa Long, 202-552-1500,