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PSU Featured in Princeton Review's New "Guide to 286 Green Colleges"
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: April 27, 2010

Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges(Portland, Ore.) April 27, 2010 — Portland State University (PSU) is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges and universities, according to The Princeton Review. The nationally known education services company has selected Portland State for inclusion in its new publication, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”

Developed in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above-average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

USGBCFrom solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local and organic food, the guide looks at an institution’s commitment to building certification using USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.

Portland State’s entry highlights the breadth and depth of sustainability initiatives underway at the University, through teaching, research, campus activities, and community partnerships. It also references significant investments made in support of sustainability, including a ten-year, $25 million commitment to PSU by the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation in 2008.

The free guide can be downloaded at and More information about Portland State University’s environmental sustainability programs is available at

“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. “According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it.

“We created this guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Portland State University focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process,” The Princeton Review’s Franek said.

The Princeton Review included these 286 schools based on their “Green Rating” scores. In summer 2009, The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. The Green Rating, a numerical score from 60 – 99 that’s based on several data points, was developed in conjunction with USGBC to help make the Green Rating survey questions as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. The 286 schools in the guide scored in the 80th or higher percentile.

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About Portland State University
Portland State University (PSU) serves as a center of opportunity for over 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation’s most livable cities, the University’s innovative approach to education combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University’s 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State’s commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 213 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU’s motto, “Let Knowledge Serve the City,” inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe. For more information visit

For immediate release (#10-016)

David Santen, Office of University Communications,
Portland State University,, 503-725-8765

Leah Pennino, The Princeton Review, 508-663-5133,