RIT is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review, which has recognized RIT in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide 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.
Released just in time for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day on April 22, the guide—which is based on a survey of hundreds of colleges nationwide—profiled the country’s most environmentally responsible campuses. The guide looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using the Green Building Council’s LEED green-building certification program; environmental literacy programs, formal sustainability committees, use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs, and more.
The guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/greenguide and www.usgbc.org/campus.
“RIT is pleased to see its goal of ‘going green’—and its aspiration for long-term sustainability—recognized,” RIT President Bill Destler says. “Not only is it a tribute to the dedication of those in the RIT community today, but their efforts represent a legacy to future generations in the RIT and Rochester-area communities.”
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 60–99 that’s based on several data points.
In 2008, The Princeton Review began collaborating with the U.S. Green Building Council 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 their “Green Rating” scores.