BOONE—Appalachian State University is one of 322 colleges and universities across the nation to be included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for 2012. The guide was created in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) (www.usgbc.org).
This is the third year the guidebook has been released, saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”
“We are pleased to be listed in the guide to green colleges,” said Crystal Simmons from Appalachian’s Office of Sustainability. “We attribute our success to the strong commitment of our faculty and students, as well as our staff community. We have made advances in campus operations and, after two recent surveys, are able to report 70 percent of departments offer sustainability-related courses and all seven colleges have faculty members engaged in sustainability-related research.”
The “green guide” profiles institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ nearly seven out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”
Schools were selected for inclusion in the guide based on responses to more than 50 questions about an institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Scores were assigned each school on a scale ranging from 60 (lowest) to 99 (best). Appalachian received a score of 98.
In addition to Appalachian, other N.C. schools included in the guide are Catawba College, Duke University, Elon University, Guilford College, N.C. State University, UNC Asheville, UNC Chapel Hill, Wake Forest University, Warren Wilson College and Western Carolina University.