Berry College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.
"It is virtually a no brainer that this campus is a green leader," states The Princeton Review. This review profiles 320 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
As the world's largest campus with 27,000 acres, Berry has committed itself to environmental responsibility The dining services have completely eliminated the use of Styrofoam, all yard waste is composted, and Berry's residence halls, Morgan and Deerfield, achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) gold certification. Students gain ample learning opportunities through research projects in biodiesel fuels, agroforestry and recycling.
"We strive to teach the head, the heart and the hands and in doing so we work diligently to remain good stewards of the environment," said Eddie Elsberry, Director of Sustainability and Environmental Compliance. "We will continue to improve what we are doing and we are so richly blessed with a campus that is like no other."
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
"We are truly pleased to recommend Berry College along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Alyssa Smith