Earth Day 2014: Roanoke named to The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges

Roanoke College is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United State and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company, known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, profiles Roanoke in the fifth annual edition of its free, downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 332 Green Colleges: The 2014 Edition."

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure each school's commitment to the environment and to sustainability.  The institutional survey included questions on the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. 

In the guide's profile on Roanoke, The Princeton Review highlights the school's conservation efforts, its LEED certified academic building, Lucas Hall, its bike sharing program and campus-wide recycling. The Princeton Review also highlighted an educational program available at Roanoke - a bachelor of science degree in environmental studies. In addition, Roanoke utilizes a small, sound-less truck, the battery-powered Global Electric Motorcar (GEM), for mail deliveries on campus.

"RCSustain, the Roanoke College sustainability committee, is gratified to have the efforts and accomplishments of the Roanoke College community recognized by such a prestigious publication," said David Wiseman, chair of RCSustain. "Many students, faculty and staff have contributed to the college achieving this distinction. It's a great thing for the whole campus." For more on Roanoke's sustainability efforts, visit the Sustainability website.

Quoted from Roanoke's profile in the book:

"Roanoke College conserved 1.4 million gallons of water, nearly 100,000 gallons of gasoline, almost 5,000 gallons of oil, more than 80,000 kilowatt hours of electricity, 700 cubic yards of landfill space, and well over 3,000 mature trees through just one project! This amount of environmental savings through Roanoke's Lucas Hall project translates to enough gasoline for Americans to drive 700,000 miles, enough energy and space to heat and cool more than 2,300 homes while meeting the municipal waste disposal needs for a community of 5,000 Americans for one year, and even 2.19 million sheets of newspaper! To top it off, the project established Lucas Hall as the first of what might be many LEED-certified buildings on campus."

"We are pleased to recommend Roanoke to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices," said Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

-Published April 22, 2014

Franek noted his company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending green colleges.

Published last week in celebration of Earth Day, the 216-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.  The Princeton Review created this guide in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

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

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, commented, "In collaborating with The Princeton Review on this annual guide, we have seen that sustainability on campuses continues to be an important deciding factor for today's four-year college bound students.  We are excited to once again provide prospective students and their parents with a resource to help them navigate this often daunting decision-making process."