Georgia Southern University Named “Green College” by The Princeton Review

green-guide-seal-2014For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Southern University has been named to The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, which highlights the top eco-friendly institutions based on their proven commitment to environmental and sustainability issues and is produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.

“We are proud to have been recognized again as national leaders in sustainability. Georgia Southern’s commitment to sustainability is widely evident across campus, from sustainable buildings to cutting edge water conservation measures to sustainability outreach and education programs,” said Lissa Leege, director of the Center for Sustainability at Georgia Southern. “It takes a team of dedicated leaders in every corner of campus to make this happen. Georgia Southern is True Blue and green too.”

The guide profiles 330 institutions of higher education in the United States and two in Canada that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their free academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Georgia Southern’s renewable energy laboratory, sustainability action projects like “No Impact Week” and student organizations like the Green Ambassadors and Geo Club, as well as a growing academic environmental sustainability concentration, are just a few of the ways the University actively involves students in sustainability. A student-initiated sustainability fee will provide funding for new sustainability projects and initiatives on campus.

“We are pleased to recommend Georgia Southern University to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices,” said Rob Fanek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review’s annual guide. “Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘Colleges Hopes & Worries Survey’ 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

Universities and colleges were chosen for the guide based on a survey 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. The Princeton Review tallied its “Green Ratings” for 832 schools, and of those, 332 were named in the guide. Published April 17, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind.

To see the schools listed, visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers 125 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit: www.georgiasouthern.edu.

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