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Morris featured in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges"

Posted by Beth Zaske on Wednesday, Apr. 25, 2012


Morris is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The well-known education services company selected Morris for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.

Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the Company polled in 2011 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 17, days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. In the fall of 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68%) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he added. "Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices. To that end, we highly recommend the terrific schools in this book."

Morris joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives. “This recognition follows our recent achievement as an AASHE STARS Gold institution, which attests to how widespread our sustainability efforts are at Morris, touching nearly all aspects of our community life,” says Troy Goodnough, campus sustainability director.