Auburn sustainability efforts recognized by The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

Published: October 29, 2020
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Auburn has again secured a spot on one of The Princeton Review's highly competitive college lists. The university’s commitment to sustainability was recognized recently by The Princeton Review's 2021 Guide to Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review examined nearly 700 higher education institutions through data analysis provided by school administrators and survey responses from students. Auburn was one of 416 institutions selected for inclusion in the guide.

The evaluation targeted each school’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. The surveys measured these qualities by asking students questions about the school’s course offerings, career preparation, campus infrastructure and activities.

"The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges is an important measure for validating a schools commitment to sustainability,” said Mike Kensler, director of Auburn’s Office of Sustainability. “Auburn is gratified that our efforts are once again deemed worthy for inclusion. Sustainability is an acknowledged core value at Auburn, and we value this recognition as it spurs us on to further progress.”

Each school selected for the Guide to Green Colleges list received a green ranking based on its performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution. The ranking took into account whether the school’s policies are environmentally responsible, if the quality of life on campus is healthy and sustainable and how well the school prepares students for living and working in a clean-energy economy.

With this year’s listing, Auburn has now been featured in the Guide to Green Colleges nine consecutive times. In the past, The Princeton Review has praised Auburn for its sustainability efforts in providing students with a hybrid busing system; bike-, car- and ride-sharing programs; and for being a pedestrian-friendly campus.

Auburn also has multiple Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, certified buildings on campus—the Jay and Susie Gogue Performing Arts Center being the most recent addition.

Auburn University is a nationally ranked land grant institution recognized for its commitment to world-class scholarship, interdisciplinary research with an elite, top-tier Carnegie R1 classification, life-changing outreach with Carnegie’s Community Engagement designation and an undergraduate education experience second to none. Auburn is home to more than 30,000 students, and its faculty and research partners collaborate to develop and deliver meaningful scholarship, science and technology-based advancements that meet pressing regional, national and global needs. Auburn’s commitment to active student engagement, professional success and public/private partnership drives a growing reputation for outreach and extension that delivers broad economic, health and societal impact.