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UMD Named a Top 20 Green College by The Princeton Review

April 17, 2015

Kristen Seabolt 301-405-4621

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – With Earth Day just a week away, the University of Maryland has been named a Top 20 Green School for 2015 by The Princeton Review. The annual guide ranks the top 50 greenest schools, as well as lists sustainability information for more than 300 colleges across the country. UMD took No. 20 on the list for its commitment to the environment and sustainable practices.   

“We are honored to be recognized as one of the nation’s leaders in campus sustainability,” said Scott Lupin, Director of the Office of Sustainability at the University of Maryland. “This achievement once again showcases the devotion and excitement that so many students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the University of Maryland community feel towards sustainability and making a positive impact in the world.  With Earth Day taking place next Wednesday, there couldn’t have been a better time to share this exciting news.  We should take a moment to acknowledge and celebrate the recognition but also move forward knowing that there is still more great work we can accomplish.”

The Princeton Review developed the guide based on "Green Rating" scores (from 60 to 99) that were tallied in 2014 for 861 colleges using data from a survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. The Top 50 Green Schools were ranked based on the Green Rating, in addition to a student survey. Data from the student survey included ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups. 

Green Facts” for the University of Maryland include:

  • Green Rating: 98 (out of 99) 
  • The University Sustainability Council advises the president and campus community about the integration of sustainability into campus operations and culture 
  • The Sustainability Studies Minor is the largest minor on campus
  • The University Sustainability Fund provides more than $300,000 each year to launch new sustainability initiatives 
  • Alternative transportation programs, including BikeUMD program, carpool incentives, and campus electric vehicle charging stations   

"We strongly recommend the University of Maryland and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

Franek also noted the growing interest The Princeton Review has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. "Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent 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 University of Maryland was also recognized in 2014 by the Sierra Club, ranking No. 13 among U.S. colleges and universities for its sustainability efforts. 

Additional information on The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges can be found here.  Additional information about sustainability at University of Maryland can be found here.