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Southwestern College Listed in Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges

Southwestern College is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada, according to “The Princeton Review.” The well-known education services company selected SC for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition."

Created by “The Princeton Review” in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges” is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. “The Princeton Review” chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the company polled in 2010 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 20, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

“The Princeton Review” first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. This past fall, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools (www.centerforgreenschools.org) 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.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president, publishing, “The Princeton Review.” “Among 8,200 college applicants who participated in our spring 2011 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (69%) said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. Together with the USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices.  We highly recommend the colleges in this book."

Southwestern College joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the “green” movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

“It is exciting that Southwestern College is being recognized for our green efforts,” says Jason Speegle, director of Green Team Southwestern.  “Being environmentally friendly has become such a priority for our administration, staff, and students.  We are trying to become a model of sustainability.”

"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution’s bottom line," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO, and founding chair, USGBC. "We launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC with a vision of green schools for all within this generation.  Partnering with ‘The Princeton Review’ to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses."