The College of New Jersey Recognized by The Princeton Review as a Green College
According to The Princeton Review, The College of New Jersey is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges. Having the distinguished honor of being recognized again, the college is featured in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.
Published October 16, the ranking can be accessed at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide. This publication chose the schools in its “green guide” based on data from The Princeton Review’s 2017-18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges in regards to their efforts concerning sustainability and environmental conservation. The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores the company tallied in summer 2018 for 648 colleges using data from its survey of administrators at the colleges in 2017-18. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the tallies for the Green Rating score which was done on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide.
The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 384 Colleges and Best Value Colleges.
The College of New Jersey has a long-standing commitment to the environment. In Spring of 2007 President Gitenstein signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC). The college then established the Presidents’ Climate Commitment Committee (PC3), a team of faculty and students who work together to engage the campus and promote climate neutrality and environmental sustainability through focusing on waste reduction, energy reduction, sustainable transportation methods, and gardening initiatives to name a few. The committee also works closely with faculty to help empower students in environmentally-centered courses by funding sustainability projects on campus and creating more environmentally focused educational programs. More information on TCNJ’s PC3 can be found online at https://climate.pages.tcnj.edu/ .
“We strongly recommend The College of New Jersey and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Editor-in-Chief.