Berry Chosen for Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges

Release Date: April 29, 2014

Berry College has been named one of the most environmentally responsible "green colleges" in the nation by The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

"The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition" profiles 330 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability in their academics, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

Berry is an independent, coeducational college recognized nationally for the quality and value of its educational experience. Located on a magnificent campus encompassing more than 27,000 acres near Rome, Ga., Berry challenges its student body, consisting of more than 2,200 undergraduate and graduate students, to embrace a firsthand education that unites strong academic programs with opportunities for meaningful work experience, spiritual and moral growth, and significant service to others.  

“Being named to Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges for the fourth year in a row is a testament that Berry’s commitment to sustainability is being recognized on a national level,” said Berry College Director of Sustainability Eddie Elsberry.

The 216-page book can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.  

Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, commended USGBC and United Technologies Corp. for their generous support to help make this guide a free resource, particularly in light of the broad interest among today's college-bound students in environmental issues.

"Among the 332 colleges in this guide: 30% of their total food expenditures goes towards purchases of local and/or organic food; 63% of the schools offer an undergraduate major or degree that is sustainability-focused, and 73% of the new construction on their campuses is LEED-certified," Franek said.

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/green.aspx

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