Princeton Review puts Catawba on ‘Green Honor Roll’

  • Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 12:35 a.m.
Catawba College is listed as a green college in this Princeton Review publication.
Catawba College is listed as a green college in this Princeton Review publication.

Catawba College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review ( Catawba was also only one of 21 institutions among the 322 featured in the guide to be included in The Princeton Review’s “Green Honor Roll” for receiving Green Ratings of 99.

The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, profiles Catawba in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges.” Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its “Green Honor Roll” is at

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.

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at and

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants — facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid — plus write-ups on the schools’ specific 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 on Catawba College, The Princeton Review highlights the fact that Catawba offers majors geared to “those looking for a more formal education in the environment and sustainability.” These include majors in environmental science, environmental studies, environmental education and, unique to the college, sustainable business and community development.

Said Robert Franek, senior VP/publisher, The Princeton Review, “We are truly pleased to recommend Catawba College along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices.”

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 (USGBC), with generous support from United Technologies Corp. (, founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

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