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Sustainable schools

With spring comes the annual ritual: high school kids taking college tours. They have a lot to consider, including available majors, tuition, reputation and setting. But when prospective students check out college campuses, about 60 percent of them say they also evaluate the schools' environmental commitments. Campus sustainability efforts range from LEED-certified buildings and massive recycling programs to organic farms and clean power.

To make that task easier, each year the Center for Green Schools teams up to offer The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges. We compared those honor roll schools and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's gold-level sustainable schools to come up with a list of campuses doing some impressive things. (Text: Mary Jo DiLonardo)