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PSU, Lewis and Clark make green college honor roll

Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College made the Green Honor Roll in the Princeton Review’s seventh annual “green college” ratings released Monday.

Both Portland institutions were among the 24 colleges and universities earning the highest score — 99 — in the annual review. The University of Washington is the other Northwest college to crack the elite list.

The Princeton Review released the ratings as part of its new guide to green colleges for 2014.

“This ranking is another acknowledgement that we’re not just talking about sustainability, we’re living it, teaching it, and promoting it,” said PSU President Wim Wiewel.

Making the Princeton Review list also gives PSU a higher national profile when it comes to recruiting students and faculty.

The annual review looked at policies related to food, mass transit, bicycle use, telecommuting, green buildings, waste diversion, environmental studies programs, sustainability in the curriculum, greenhouse gas emissions reduction efforts, use of renewable energy and other factors.

Princeton Review, a private company, now collaborates on its green college ratings with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, Sierra magazine, and the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Before, there were multiple surveys of colleges to compile green college ratings, and by tooling their efforts those organizations made it easier for reporting colleges.

For more information: see www.princetonreview.com/green.

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