For the fourth year in a row, Georgia Southern University has been included in the The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, as one of the top eco-friendly institutions. The recognition is for their proven commitment to environmental and sustainability issues and is produced in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council.
Lissa Leege, director of the Center for Sustainability, said GSU is proud to have been recognized again as national leaders in sustainability. She said "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. It takes a team of dedicated leaders in every corner of campus to make this happen.”
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 theUniversity 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.