UC Riverside Named to Princeton Review Green College List

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Survey profiles schools that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability in their academics, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation

By Ross French on April 18, 2014

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UC Riverside was one of 332 schools honored by the Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  — The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, has recognized the University of California, Riverside as one of the top green colleges in North America. This survey was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and appears in the annual, downloadable book that was released on April 17, 2014.

UCR’s received a green rating of 93 points out of a possible 99. UCR has appeared in the guide in each of the five years it has been published.

“UCR is proud to have been included once again in Princeton Review Green College Guide – our fifth year in a row to make it,” said Director of Sustainability John Cook. “Next year we will move the needle with 4 MW of on-site solar, 16 LEED Certified Buildings and a 3% reduction in overall potable water use.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges across the United States and Canada. Survey data included the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

“Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” said Rob Franek, senior VP/publisher of The Princeton Review. “To all students seeking to study and live at ‘green’ colleges we strongly recommend these schools.”

In the survey report, UCR was commended for:

  • Spending 17% of food budget spent on local/organic food.
  • Providing transportation alternatives, including:

    • indoor and secure bike storage, shower facilities and lockers for bicycle commuters.
    • a school developed bicycle plan.
    • free or reduced price transit passes and/or free campus shuttle.
  • A formal sustainability committee.
  • 18% of new construction is LEED-certified.
  • 50% waste-diversion rate.
  • Sustainability-focused degree available.
  • 10% of students required to take a sustainability course.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council. The 215-page guide can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

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