Coastal Carolina University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges," just released April 16.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.
The school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants -- facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid -- plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics, from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.
CCU received a Green Rating of 88 under Campus Life & Facilities, which compares to College of Charleston's rating of 88, Clemson's rating of 85 and University of South Carolina's rating of 99.
"Sustainability is a team effort, especially between students, staff and faculty," said Jennifer Sellers, sustainability coordinator. "Our office helps to establish opportunities to recycle more and make greener choices, while also evolving a culture of sustainability at Coastal. Our continuous efforts to conserve resources and reduce waste will have a significant impact and help Coastal become a model of sustainability for the community."
The 215-page guide by the education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks can be downloaded at princetonreview.com/green-guide.