The University of Vermont has again been named a Top 50 Green School by the Princeton Review, climbing to the #3 spot this year, up from #4 last year.
“UVM’s commitment to the environment, both in academics and our sustainable practices, is at the heart of the University’s identity. It is a strong source of our appeal for students and families,” said UVM president Tom Sullivan. “We couldn’t be more pleased that the Princeton Review again has recognized that commitment by ranking us near the top of its list of the greenest schools in the nation.”
This annual ranking of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges takes stock of the efforts schools are making to adopt sustainable policies, prepare students for citizenship and careers in a world defined by climate concerns, and provide a healthy and sustainable environment on campus.
In addition to student survey responses of how sustainability influences education and life on campus, the ranking considers a number of data points provided by the university. Some of the stats that propelled UVM to its top-three green school ranking include:
- 100 percent of undergraduates are required to take courses in sustainability.
- 28 percent of researchers are engaged in sustainability research.
- 1,099 students live in UVM’s Sustainability Learning Community.
- 20 Eco-Reps teach their fellow students about sustainability in daily life.
- 100 percent certified renewable electricity is purchased for campus.
- 49 percent of waste is recycled or composted.
- 25 percent of food is Real Food (local, organic, fair trade, or humanely raised).
- 13 campus buildings have attained LEED certification.
- 100 percent of residence halls collect organics for composting.
- 100 percent of used cooking oil is converted into biodiesel.
- 0 containers of bottled water are sold on campus.