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04/18/2013

Winthrop Featured in Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition

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 “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” profiles Winthrop in its fourth annual edition, praising the university’s impressive resumé of green-related affiliations and accreditations and for putting its “Live. Learn. Lead.” motto to action in its sustainability efforts.
 The list, released a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day as a free downloadable book, can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

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ROCK HILL, S.C. – Winthrop University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

“The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” profiles Winthrop in its fourth annual edition, praising the university’s impressive resumé of green-related affiliations and accreditations and for putting its “Live. Learn. Lead.” motto to action in its sustainability efforts.

The Princeton Review chose schools based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. It analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

The list, released a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day as a free downloadable book, can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

Winthrop President Anthony DiGiorgio was pleased to see Winthrop’s efforts recognized. "Universities are institutional citizens locally and globally,” he said. “How Winthrop approaches long-term issues such as sustainability simultaneously makes a statement and sets an example -- and both are important parts of leadership on key issues."

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

In the guide's profile on Winthrop, The Princeton Review highlights the school's incorporating recycling practices into residential halls; promoting environmental science degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels; and offering a sustainable business major to those who wish to develop economically responsible initiatives into corporations. The university also added a sustainability coordinator a year ago who assists a very active Student Environmental Action Coalition and monitors other efforts on campus.

Walter Hardin, associate vice president for facilities management and a long-time supporter of green efforts, said Winthrop has put a high priority on sustainability for 24 years. “This has included constant efforts on energy savings, recycling and sustainable practices,” Hardin said. “We are pleased that this effort has put our institution into the top 322 Green Colleges!”

At The Princeton Review, Robert Franek, senior vice president/publisher, noted his company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in its 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012 to tally its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) it reports in school profiles in its annual college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The company reported Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012.

The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide 1 to 322, nor does it include their Green Rating scores in the book's school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its "Green Honor Roll" saluting 21 schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx 

For more information, contact at Winthrop, Judy Longshaw, 803/323-2404, longshawj@winthrop.edu; The Princeton Review: Jeanne Krier, 212-539-1350 or Kristen O'Toole, 888-347-7737 ext. 1405, kotoole@review.com; and U.S. Green Building Council: Mallory Shelter, 202-742-3806, mshelter@usgbc.org.

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