Tech named to Princeton Review's sustainability Honor Roll

Georgia Tech was named to Princeton Review's sustainability Honor Roll and the only university from the southeast named to this year's list. Out of nearly 700 institutions evaluated on sustainability efforts, Georgia Tech was in the top 15.

In the Princeton Review's 2010 Green Rating Honor Roll, eight private schools and seven public schools were recognized for receiving the highest possible score - a 99. This is the second year Tech has made the list. The Review gave 697 schools a green rating, compared to 534 last year.

In addition to Tech, institutions on the publication's Green Honor Roll include Arizona State University, Tempe, Ariz.; Bates College, Lewiston, Maine; Binghamton University, Binghamton, N.Y.; College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine; Colorado College, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Dickinson College, Carlisle, Penn.; Evergreen State College, Olympia, Wash.; Harvard College, Cambridge, Mass.; Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt.; Northeastern University, Boston; University of California-Berkeley; University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.; University of Washington, Seattle; and Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

"Georgia Tech continues to remain a leader in sustainability, and we're honored to be recognized by the Princeton Review for the second consecutive year," said President G.P. "Bud" Peterson. "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."

Begun in 2007 in conjunction with the nonprofit organization ecoAmerica, the Princeton Review survey grades colleges and universities on three main criteria: whether students have a quality of life that is healthy and sustainable; how well the school is preparing its students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges; and the institution's overall commitment to environmental issues. The survey also posts questions in 10 areas, such as recycling, energy use, food, buildings, academic offerings, and action plans and goals concerning carbon emission reduction.

The Georgia Institute of Technology is one of the world's premier research universities. Ranked seventh among U.S. News & World Report's top public universities and the eighth best engineering and information technology university in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong University's Academic Ranking of World Universities, Georgia Tech’s more than 20,000 students are enrolled in its Colleges of Architecture, Computing, Engineering, Liberal Arts, Management and Sciences. Tech is among the nation's top producers of women and minority engineers. The Institute offers research opportunities to both undergraduate and graduate students and is home to more than 100 interdisciplinary units plus the Georgia Tech Research Institute.