RIT Named Among Princeton Review’s ‘322 Green Colleges’

University ranks among most environmentally responsible in higher education

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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 322 Green Colleges: 2012 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 has also been recognized in the previous two editions of the guidebook.

“We’re happy to be recognized as one of the greenest universities in America,” says Enid Cardinal, senior sustainability advisor at RIT. “This really validates our systematic approach to sustainability and gives credit to the folks here at RIT who make environmentally sound decisions every day.”

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 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 768 institutions last summer. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

The 232-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded from the Princeton Review website and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.