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‘Eco U’ finds place in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

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The Princeton Reviews Guide to 322 Green CollegesThe University of Wisconsin-Green Bay is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features UW-Green Bay in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges.

The Company analyzed data from the survey about the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

In the guide’s profile on UW-Green Bay, The Princeton Review highlights the school’s historic mission and current-day offerings.

“UW-Green Bay is affectionately dubbed ‘Eco U,’” the profile begins. “Environmental research and applied ecological sciences were the focus of the institution’s educational philosophy at its inception.”

The publication goes on to mention:

• Student access to programs, courses, student research and internships in sustainability
• The Environmental Management and Business Institute
• Historically strong undergraduate and graduate programs in environmental sciences
• Capstone seminars in which students tackle high-level issues
• Dedicated recycling and environmental awareness programs
• Mary Ann Cofrin Hall and other energy-efficient features
• The on-campus Cofrin Memorial Arboretum and other natural area holdings

Schools are listed, but not ranked. Wisconsin schools in the guide are Marquette University, Northland College and the UW campuses at Eau Claire, Green Bay, Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh and Stevens Point.

Robert Franek, a senior vice president with The Princeton Review, says his company’s recent survey findings indicate significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. “Among (nearly 10,000) college applicants who participated in our 2013 ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,” he said.

The Princeton Review created its Guide to 322 Green Colleges in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

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