Sterling College is one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com). The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Sterling in the 2016 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

Published October 4, the free, 160-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“Being stewards of the environment is not new to Sterling; we were among the very first colleges to link our curriculum to concepts such as ecology, outdoor education, and sustainable agriculture,” said President Matthew Derr. “We were advocating for sustainability in the 1970s, and we continue to do so today. Our campus is a living system that supports our community and our educational mission, and we are the leading voice for environmental stewardship in higher education.”

“We strongly recommend Sterling College and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. “Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.”  (A complete report on that survey is at www.princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worries.)

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

The Princeton Review cited Sterling’s overall Green Rating score of 95, its sustainability-focused degrees, and its leadership in sustainable food and dining, with 75% of its school food budget spent on local and organic food.

The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 381 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2016 for 640 colleges using data from its 2015-16 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools (350) in this edition are in the U.S. Ten are in Canada. One is in Egypt. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll saluting schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.  Note: The scores can be found in the profiles of the schools on www.princetonreview.com and in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review books, The Best 381 Colleges and The Complete Book of Colleges, published in August 2016.


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