Every year, The Princeton Review publishes its list of the best colleges in the nation. As part of the list, the nation’s top green colleges are recognized and named to the Green Rating Honor Roll. Fifteen post-secondary institutions, including seven public colleges, made the 2010 honor roll.

The colleges were among 697 institutions that The Princeton Review included in their green ratings system. The green ratings were determined by using a university’s sustainability policies, eco-friendly practices and eco-minded academic programs. In order to make the honor roll, schools had to score 99 points, which is the maximum available.

2010 Green Rating Honor Roll

  • Arizona State University, Tempe campus
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)
  • Binghamton University (State University of New York at Binghamton)
  • College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Me.)
  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.)
  • Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • University of California (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)
I am proud to say that I am an Arizona State University Sun Devil. The university is training today’s students for tomorrow’s green industry jobs through the first-in-the-nation School of Sustainability. Students can earn undergraduate and graduate degrees in sustainability at ASU’s main campus.

The Tempe campus currently has five LEED-certified buildings with more undergoing the LEED certification process. Additionally, ASU has four buildings at satellite campuses that have already received LEED certification. All newly constructed buildings are required to be built to LEED Silver certification standards.

Atlanta-based Georgia Tech also made this prestigious list and is the only institution in the region to make the top 15. Speaking about the recognition, Georgia Tech President G.P. “Bud” Peterson said, ““We were an early adopter of the LEED standard for buildings, and have implemented numerous water conservation efforts resulting in substantial savings. In addition to winning many environmental awards for our efforts on campus, we are working to make a difference throughout the world. For example, the Water Resource Institute is helping to shape local, state and national policy. Georgia Tech is committed to responsible resource management.” Source: GA Tech

The sustainability trend at college institutions is becoming more popular. The Princeton Review only had 534 colleges receive a green rating for their 2009 review. Despite the economic crunch, the number is sure to grow again for the 2011 list.

For more information on the sustainability features of the top 15 green colleges, read the 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll school profiles.

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