3 Utah schools named as nation's top 'green colleges'

Published: Wednesday, April 18 2012 1:09 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Three Utah universities have been included in the Princeton Review's guidebook saluting the nation's most environmentally responsible "green colleges."

The University of Utah, Weber State University and Westminster College were among 322 schools chosen. The results were based on a survey the Princeton Review conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual "Green Rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website.

The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The 322 schools in the guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best-known for developing the LEED green building rating system.

In 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.

The list is available by going to www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide

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