RIT named among Princeton Review’s ‘311 Green Colleges’

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As the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council, is recognizing Rochester Institute of Technology among the nation's most environmentally responsible green colleges.

RIT is included in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, which profiles institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. RIT was also recognized in the inaugural edition of the guidebook published last year.

The Princeton Review chose the 311 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2010 to tally its annual “green rating” scores of colleges for school profiles included 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, which are scaled from 60 to 99, for 703 institutions last summer. The 311 schools in this guide received scores of 80 or above in that assessment.

The 220-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.