UNI featured by The Princeton Review and U.S. Green Building Council
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa is one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company selected UNI for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants -- "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges."
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the "Guide to 286 Green Colleges" is the first free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
The guide is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide and profiles the nation's most environmentally responsible campuses. From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, it looks at an institution's commitment to building certification using USGBC's LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.
The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
"Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. "According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school's commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this guide to help them evaluate how institutions like UNI focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process."
UNI joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the "green" movement through their own special programs and initiatives.
"Education and awareness of sustainability issues have been building for many years and in many capacities at UNI, including academics, facilities, outreach and programs and student involvement," said UNI President Benjamin Allen. "With the recent hiring of Eric O'Brien to serve as UNI's first university sustainability coordinator, I am confident our efforts will continue to grow and sustainability will become a key component in all university activities."
The Princeton Review noted that another unique aspect of the guide is that it provides important information on schools that have dedicated environmental studies curriculums. "By many accounts, there are going to be a lot of job opportunities related to the environment and sustainability," Franek said. "For those who are interested in working in this growing sector, the guide highlights the schools that are doing an especially good job in preparing and placing the next generation of green professionals."
How the Schools Were Chosen
The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the Guide based on the "Green Rating" scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Princeton Review's Green Rating is a numerical score from 60 to 99 that's based on several data points. In 2008, The Princeton Review began collaborating with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave Green Ratings to in 2009, the 286 schools in the Guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile. The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this book hierarchically (1 to 286) or in any of its books based on Green Rating scores.