The Princeton Review Names Westminster a Top 2018 Green College

Students work on outdoor green project

October 22, 2018

Westminster featured in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 399 Green Colleges”

The Princeton Review has recognized Westminster College as a top green college in its 2018 “Guide to 399 Green Colleges.” The schools in the guide were selected based on their academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students.

According The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief Robert Franek, college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 63% said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

“We recognize that the college’s sustainability and environmental efforts are very important to our students,” said Kerry Case, director of Westminster’s Environmental Center. "Students are the major driving force behind sustainability efforts at Westminster, putting their good ideas into programs and initiatives that improve our campus."

Some of the college’s green initiatives include the LEED-platinum certified Meldrum Science Center, the bike collective program, the organic garden, free Utah Transportation Authority passes for campus members, electric-charge fueling stations and green parking, to name a few.

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on Green Rating scores the company tallied in summer 2018 for 648 colleges using data from its survey of administrators at the colleges in 2017–18. 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 tallies for the Green Rating score on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Information about The Princeton Review's Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll (which lists schools that receive the highest possible rating score, 99) is available on The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges webpage.

Westminster, Utah State University, the University of Utah and Weber State University were the only Utah colleges included in this year’s list.

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