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Earlham College has been named to Princeton Review's annual list of "Green Colleges."

EC named to Princeton Review's 'Green Colleges' guide

April 17, 2014

Earlham College has been recognized as a leader among its peers in environmental sustainability.

The College is included in Princeton Review’s fifth annual “Guide to 332 Green Colleges,” which was released Thursday. The guide highlights the College’s Sustainability Plan that “calls for bold action to reduce resource usage across the campus, and matches changes in operations with changes in the curriculum and co-curriculum as well.”

“Green Colleges” are determined based on results of a survey conducted in 2013 of administrators at 832 four-year colleges to measure the school’s commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Colleges included on the list are not ranked, but schools are assigned “Green Ratings” based on the survey responses. Earlham’s rating is 84, based on a scale of 60 to 99 points.

“There is much to celebrate about Earlham’s sustainability initiatives and seeing those efforts publicized widely just affirms what we already know — that sustainability is at the core of making higher education relevant to students and communities today,” Earlham Sustainability Coordinator Sarah Waddle says.

In recent years, the College launched a student-faculty applied research program through the Richmond Sustainability Communities Initiative. The College also offers prestigious internships through an on-campus internship program called the Student Sustainability Corps.

“These are just two of our core sustainability initiatives that really set Earlham apart as a place committed to infusing opportunities to engage with sustainability through the student experience,” Waddle says.

Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher of the Princeton Review, says college-bound students have an interest in attending “green” colleges.

“Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 ‘College 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,” Franek says.

The guide was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools and the U.S. Green Building Council. It is published prior to the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, and is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind.

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Earlham College, a national liberal arts college located in Richmond, Indiana, is a "College That Changes Lives." We expect our students to be fully present: to think rigorously, value directness and genuineness, and actively seek insights from differing perspectives. The values we practice at Earlham are rooted in centuries of Quaker tradition, but they also constitute the ideal toolkit for contemporary success. Earlham is one of only 40 national liberal arts colleges ranked among U.S. News and World Reports' "Great Schools at a Great Price."

Brian Zimmerman is director of media relations at Earlham College. He can be reached at (765) 983-1256 and zimmebr@earlham.edu.


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