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Eckerd College Featured in The Princeton Review's 2013 Guide to 322 Green Colleges

posted on 05/10/2013

Eckerd College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company profiles Eckerd in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. First recognized in the guide's inaugural edition in 2010, Eckerd is one of nine Florida schools to be noted for its green efforts.

2013 Guide to Green Colleges

The 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

In the guide's profile on Eckerd College, The Princeton Review highlights a few of the College's multiple efforts:

A few years ago, Eckerd College started the first ever reusable to-go carry away system in the United States. The school provides durable plastic containers that students check out, use, and return instead of the environmentally harmful disposable plastic, paper, and Styrofoam used elsewhere. Eckerd also jumped out – or rather pedaled out – ahead of the green transportation game by launching its Yellow Bike Program in 2004. Since that time, the program and its bright yellow bikers have become widely popular with the faculty, staff and students. The program has also even gained attention in the media for Eckerd. What is more eco-friendly than a campus where even the College president can be seen reducing greenhouse gases by pedaling around campus?

Said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher at The Princeton Review, "Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school."

Each school profile features essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

Green Rating Methodology
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012 to tally its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) it reports in school profiles in its annual college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company reported Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide 1 to 322, nor does it include their Green Rating scores in the book's school profiles.)

About Sustainability at Eckerd College
Eckerd's commitment to both minimizing its operational footprint and maximizing environmental awareness and green practices is prevalent across campus. Examples of the College's numerous sustainable projects include:

  • the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Mitigation Action Plan released in 2009;
  • the U-Haul Car Share Program, which provides ridesharing opportunities for the campus community;
  • the Edible Peace Patch garden project at Lakewood Elementary School;
  • the reusable EcoClamshell to-go container;
  • the Yellow Community Bike program designed six years ago to increase bicycle use on campus and decrease automobile traffic;
  • the hands-on, student-run recycling program;
  • the Visions of Nature / Voices of Nature Environmental Film Festival;
  • Iota Complex, a residence hall for which Eckerd is seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification;
  • and the popular Environmental Studies major that consistently graduates enough students to qualify as one of the College's top three majors.

About The Princeton Review
Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.  

About the U.S. Green Building Council
USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities.

About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council
The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live, learn, work and play.

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