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‘Eco U’ once again listed in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

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UW-Green Bay is one of the 332 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company profiles UW-Green Bay in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

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 the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

Published April 17, a few days before the April 22 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 its “Guide to 332 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.

The 332 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission and financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ 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, The Princeton Review highlights UW-Green Bay’s history as “Eco U,” and says the University’s “support of ecological research is both elaborate and wholehearted.” It mentions various UW-Green Bay courses and research opportunities, along with “green” building design features, and also highlights the University’s Environmental Management and Business Institute (EMBI).

Said Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, “We are pleased to recommend UW-Green Bay to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices.”

Franek noted his Company’s recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. Of more than 10,000 college applicants who participated in The Princeton Review’s “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” Franek noted, “61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

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