Grand Valley State University was named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the third year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”
Released days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day, the guide focuses on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in campus infrastructure, activities, programs and initiatives. Areas of evaluation included the university’s commitment to building at LEED standards, environmental programs, the use of renewable energy resources and recycling and conservation programs.
“Being named a ‘Green College’ for the third year in a row continues to position Grand Valley as a leader in sustainability,” said President Thomas J. Haas. “It demonstrates the progress we continue to make, and shows how students, faculty and staff members have an interest in and understand the importance of applying sustainable practices every day.”
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This is the latest recognition Grand Valley has received for its sustainability efforts. Grand Valley received silver status after completing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System in 2011, and was ranked 16th in the world for sustainable practices in an international survey called the GreenMetric World University Ranking. See a list of the university’s sustainable-related recognitions and awards here.