It’s that time again — time for The Princeton Review to publish its reviews for some of the best colleges in the nation. Among its many lists is the 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll. Some of the schools receiving recognition this year will look familiar to those who read the 2011 honor roll.

Staff at The Princeton Review rated 768 schools, awarding scores of 60 to 99, and 16 educational institutions received 99 points, earning each top-scoring college a spot on the list.

2012 Green Rating Honor Roll

  • American University (Washington, D.C.)

  • Arizona State University (Tempe, Ariz.)

  • College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)

  • Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.)

  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
  • Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)

  • Northeastern University (Boston)

  • Oregon State University (Corvallis, Ore.)

  • San Francisco State University (San Francisco, Calif.)

  • Binghamton University, State University of New York
  • University of California (Santa Cruz, Calif.)

  • University of Maine (Orono, Maine)

  • University of Washington (Seattle)

  • University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

  • Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va.)

  • Warren Wilson College (Asheville, N.C.)
Several of these schools were featured on both the 2010 and 2011 Green Rating Honor Rolls including Arizona State University, Georgia Institute of Technology and Harvard College.

Environmental awareness is becoming a more important deciding factor for incoming college students. According to The Princeton Review’s survey of 8,200 college applicants, 69 percent said, “having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.” Source: The Princeton Review

Future college students and their parents can pick up The Princeton Review’s “The Best 376 Colleges,” which is available today, to learn more about each of the 16 schools featured on the 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll as well as the environmental programs in place at other schools. Another great resource is The Princeton Review’s Guide to 311 Green Colleges, which is available as a free download.

The best green colleges -- 2012 edition
The Princeton Review releases its choices for the 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll.