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Catawba College Featured in “The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges: 2016 Edition"

October 08, 2016

Category: Academics, Environmental Science, Students


greencollege2016.pngCatawba College is one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com), with an overall green rating of 92 on a scale of 60-99. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Catawba in the 2016 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges, published October 4 and available for free download at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability. (Notes follow on how schools were chosen.)

“We are pleased to be included in this green guide and believe that Catawba’s inclusion speaks directly to our institutional focus on and commitment to sustainability,” says Catawba College President Brien Lewis. “From our landmark megawatt campus solar installation, to projects supported by our Green Revolving Fund and student-led zero-waste campus events, we are walking the walk of environmental responsibility.”

"We strongly recommend Catawba and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. "Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college."  (A complete report on that survey is at www.princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worries.)

The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

The Princeton Review notes that Catawba has a formal sustainability committee and a public GHG inventory plan, along with a bike share program in place on campus.

The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges.


How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide
The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on "Green Rating" scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2016 for 640 colleges using data from its 2015-16 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools (350) in this edition are in the U.S., while 10 are in Canada, and one is in Egypt.