Just in time for Earth Day, Catawba College has learned that it is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). This is the second consecutive year that the institution has been included in The Princeton Review's Green Colleges edition.
The Princeton Review, an education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings, and guidebooks, profiles Catawba College in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges."
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools' commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Published April 17, days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 332 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
The 332 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.
In the guide's profile on Catawba College, The Princeton Review noted the institution's commitment to "environmental sustainability, waste reduction, and recycling programs for the college community" and its goal of climate neutrality by 2030.
"For those looking for a more formal education in the environment and sustainability, Catawba College offers majors in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental education, and unique to the college, sustainable business and community development," the guide's profile on Catawba added.
Catawba College President Brien Lewis said Catawba's repeated inclusion in The Princeton Review's Green Colleges guides affirms that the institution is charting the course outlined in its strategic plan.
"We have committed to develop and implement policies and procedures regarding sustainability as part of our efforts to enhance campus and facility excellence," Lewis said. "We are a leader in this area. We don't just talk the talk, we whole-heartedly walk the walk, and our ongoing inclusion in publications of this kind affirms that our walk to greater sustainability is being recognized."
Center for the Environment, a sustainable facility
Said Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, "We are pleased to recommend Catawba College to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices."
Franek noted his Company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. "Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 61% said having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he said.
Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, commented "In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today's four-year college bound students. We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process."
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey the Company conducted in 2013. The survey asked administrators at hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Using survey data that covered more than 25 fields, The Princeton Review tallied its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) for 832 schools and reported them in the school profiles on the Company's website and in its college guides in summer 2013. The 332 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools 1 to 332, nor does it report their Green Rating scores in this book.) Information about the Company's Green Rating and its "Green Honor Roll" list of 22 schools that received the highest possible score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com.