Once again, the University of Vermont ranks among the Top Green Schools, according to the Princeton Review, coming in at No. 4.
The Princeton Review’s annual guide profiles 413 colleges with strong commitments to green practices and programs, all “outstanding institutions for students seeking to study and live at a green college,” says Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. The ranking looks at criteria including academic offerings and initiatives, campus policies and practices, and green-career preparation for students.
Some of the stats that propelled UVM to its No. 4 ranking include:
- 100 percent of undergraduates are required to take courses in sustainability.
- 28 percent of researchers are engaged in sustainability research.
- 738 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.
- 26 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.
The ranking also considers student survey responses of how sustainability influences education and life on campus. As one Catamount explained, UVM brings together students with “exceptional passion for what they do, whether in the classroom or out.”