Princeton Review Acknowledges Lebanon Valley College in its Annual “Guide to 365 Green Colleges”

A view of Arnold Field on Lebanon Valley College's North Campus

Lebanon Valley College has been featured as one of the top environmentally sustainable colleges in the country in the Princeton Review’s 2017 “Guide to 365 Green Colleges.”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2016–2017 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“We strongly recommend Lebanon Valley College and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said Robert Franek, the Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. 

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. “Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.” 

The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 375 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.  

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016–17 survey of school administrators. 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 assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. 

This is the first year LVC has been recognized by the Princeton Review for our sustainability efforts. It follows other sustainability initiatives that include the addition of solar charging stations on campus, the signing of the President’s Climate Commitment, and a new Eco Rep position on campus.

 

 

Alex Bushong, Sustainability Intern