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Aquinas College featured in The Princeton Review 2021 guide to green colleges

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The Princeton Review listed Aquinas College as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges in its Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition. This is the 10th time the Aquinas has made the list.

The guide notes the broad range of sustainability activities at Aquinas, from its seven LEED-certified buildings and one LEED-registered building to its local food program with dining services, integration of sustainability issues into the academic curriculum, efficient and innovative changes in its physical infrastructure and campus-wide zero-waste program.

“Not only is Aquinas College committed to delivering an excellent liberal arts education to students, but it is also committed to offering a holistic co-curricular experience that nurtures the whole person,” said Jessica Eimer Bowen, director of sustainability. “As a Catholic and Dominican College, Aquinas is proud to develop sustainable life skills in our students so that they will be agents of change in their future communities and workplaces. The College takes that commitment very seriously, evidenced by its long-standing inclusion in The Princeton Review green schools list.”

Released in October, the Guide to Green Colleges profiles institutions based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges. The publication’s editors analyze more than 25 data points in choosing the final 416 schools for the guide.

Aquinas scored a 98 out of 99 in the publication’s Green Rating, a comprehensive measure of performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

Specifically, the Green Rating measures 1) whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable, 2) how well the school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities, and 3) how environmentally responsible the school’s policies are.

In its recent study of college applicant’s hopes and worries, The Princeton Review has seen a high level of interest among students and their parents in colleges with green practices, programs and offerings.

“We strongly recommend Aquinas 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.”

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.