PSU featured in Guide to Green Colleges
Author: Laura Gleim, Institute for Sustainable Solutions
Posted: April 18, 2013

For the fourth year in a row, Portland State University has made it into The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.

Presented in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the 2013 Guide to Green Colleges features 322 environmentally responsible schools from the U.S. and Canada.

More than 800 schools were scored on a scale of 60-99, and 322 schools made the 2013 list. PSU scored an 86 on the scale, but schools listed in the guide are ranked by alphabetical order, not by score.

PSU’s respectable score is due in part to the efforts of the PSU Campus Sustainability Office.

“We continue to ramp up our sustainability efforts at PSU—we’re working to institutionalize materials management programs and reduce our carbon footprint though energy efficiency, responsible purchasing, and sustainable design and construction,” said Jenny McNamara, campus sustainability manager.

The guide features basic information about each institution—facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid—plus profiles of the schools’ sustainability efforts and initiatives.

Highlights of PSU include the campus’ eight LEED certified buildings, emphasis on alternative transportation, and neighborhood-scale sustainability efforts as part of the SoMa EcoDistrict.

“We are truly pleased to recommend Portland State University along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

In a recent survey by The Princeton Review of nearly 10,000 college applicants, 62 percent said that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply or attend that school.

Download The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition (pdf)