HIGHER EDUCATION

Brown, Roger Williams, URI named ‘Green Colleges’

COURTESY THE PRINCETON REVIEW
BROWN, URI and Roger Williams were included in The Princeton Review's guide to green colleges.
Posted 5/4/12

(Updated May 15, 12:00 p.m.)

NEW YORK – Brown University, Roger Williams University and the University of Rhode Island were included on The Princeton Review’s third annual “Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” Robert Franek, publisher of The Princeton Review, said in prepared remarks.

The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey of hundreds of colleges across the United States and Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” score.

The survey asked school administrators from 2,000 institutions more than 50 questions about their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

The 322 schools included in the report all had scores of 83 or better out of a possible 60 to 99 points.

“Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly 7 out of 10 told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” said Franek.

The reports listed “Green Highlights” for each college, as well as including a “Green Facts” section that included how many environmental degrees the school offered as well as things such as what percentage of the school’s food budget was spent on local or organic foods.

Brown University’s greenhouse gas initiatives were highlighted, as well as the college’s efforts at retrofitting lighting, motors and mechanical equipment in older buildings.

“Brown is indeed the new green,” said the report, adding that the university is involved in environmental activism at local, state and national levels.

The Princeton Review report highlighted Roger Williams’ recycling efforts and the existence of “Eco-Reps,” a team of 12 residential students tasked with raising awareness about recycling, energy conservation and water waste at the university.

“URI has undertaken a systematic plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and become a carbon neutral institution in the near future,” according to the report.

Ninety-five percent of URI’s buildings have undergone energy-related renovations and one of the college’s newest residence halls – Hillside Hall – will feature naturally ventilated rooms, rooftop solar collectors to heat water, a vegetated roof, indoor bicycle storage and real-time energy monitoring.

Plans are being made to turn the north district of URI’s Kingston campus into a “sustainable neighborhood,” according to Princeton Review.

“All of the schools in this book…are exemplary institutions that are addressing the balance of people, planet and prosperity in fascinating ways,” said report.

For the full report, visit: www.princetonreview.com.

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