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Purchase Ranked for Environmental Responsibility

Purchase College achieved a 92 out of 99 green rating in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition.

Purchase College is one of the nation’s 416 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. 

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019-20 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company’s editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points in the process of choosing schools for the guide.

“It is a meaningful achievement to be included in the 2021 Guide to Green Colleges along with other academic institutions that have integrated sustainability into their missions. Purchase has been committed to embedding sustainability into its culture since the signing of the ‘American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment’ in 2007. A lot of great work has been done but none without our outstanding community of students, faculty and staff. We look forward to continuing our goal to advance campus sustainability and make a difference in our community,” said Angie Kim, Sustainability Coordinator. 

“We strongly recommend Purchase College to students who want to study and live at a green college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “Each and every one of the outstanding colleges in this edition of our guide offers both excellent academics and exemplary evidence of environmental commitment. “

In its profile on Purchase College, The Princeton Review showcases that Purchase’s green rating is a 92 out of 99. “The College has set the ambitious goal of reducing its energy use intensity 20 percent by 2020 per Executive Order 88. To meet the goal, the College has compiled a comprehensive energy master plan of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects as well as hired a Senior Energy Manager to focus on energy and sustainability issues. To reduce its purchasing carbon footprint, the college purchases green cleaning products, recycled paper and more than 20 percent of its food from local vendors.”

Franek noted that The Princeton Review has seen a high level of interest among college applicants and their parents in colleges with green practices, programs, and offerings. Sixty-six percent of the 12,845 respondents (college-bound teens and parents) to The Princeton Review’s 2020 College Hopes & Worries Survey said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their (or their child’s) decision to apply to or attend a school. 

The school profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges include “Green Facts” sections detailing such matters as the availability of transportation alternatives on campus and the percentage of the college food budget spent on local/organic food. The profiles also provide information about the schools’ admission requirements, cost, financial aid, and student body demographics.

The Princeton Review has published its annual Guide to Green Colleges since 2010. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of annual college rankings, its books, including The Best 386 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges, and its many other education services in which Purchase is included in both. Purchase also has been included in other Princeton Review lists such as Best Northeastern College and as a college that takes great pride in its values of diversity and acceptance, Purchase is on the list of most LGBTQ friendly colleges in the nation.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the 416 colleges based on its survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019–20 concerning their institutions’ sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Survey topics ranged from academic offerings and campus initiatives to career preparation for “green” jobs.

More than 25 survey data points were analyzed by The Princeton Review editors to tally Green Rating scores for the schools on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges that earned a Green Rating of 80 or higher made it into the guide. Of the 416 schools in the 2021 edition, 393 are in the U.S., 22 are in Canada, and one is in Greece. The 416 schools are listed alphabetically in the guide and not ranked overall from 1 to 416. Colleges that earned a Green Rating of 99 made it onto The Princeton Review’s earlier (August 2020) reported Green Honor Roll, as well as this guide. The Green Rating scores appear in the profiles of the schools in the guide on The Princeton Review website and in profiles of the schools in the 2021 editions of The Princeton Review books, The Best 386 Colleges (published August 2020) and The Complete Book of Colleges (published July 2020).