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Princeton Review Rates How "Green" Colleges Are


The Princeton Review announced that it will rate colleges on how environmentally conscientious they are. You can view an article about this new ratings system in Inside Higher Ed.
Environmental stewardship is important on many campuses today. When I visited Carleton College last week, the cafeteria banners were crowing about the College’s composting initiatives.
Here’s a snippet from the article in today’s Inside Higher Ed:

Rob Franek, a vice president and publisher at the Princeton Review, said that visiting hundreds of colleges made it clear to him that green issues are a top priority for today’s college students and deserve a place in the review’s ratings.
Colleges featured in the Princeton Review will get a score of 60 to 99 based on how they responded to almost 30 questions, like “What percentage of your grounds are managed organically?” or “Please list your school’s top three undertakings that represent your environmental commitment.”

I don’t have any real objection to this ratings system, except to say that the ratings are not necessarily going to be any more helpful in choosing a college than any other ratings system.
Mark Montgomery
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