UW Today

August 3, 2015

UW gets top green honor from Princeton Review

News and Information

The University of Washington has again been named to Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll, receiving the highest possible score for the 2014-15 school year. This is the fifth year in a row the UW has achieved this distinction and the seventh year overall since the program began eight years ago.

The UW was among 24 colleges and universities to receive the top rating, out of 804 institutions reviewed for their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.

“The University of Washington’s commitment to sustainability is important, especially for our students. Students are leading change across the university, and we’re proud our efforts have been recognized by the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll,” said Ruth Johnston, associate vice president, UW Sustainability.

Princeton Review, known for its test preparation and for helping students choose and get into colleges, each year tallies survey results from multiple institutions to produce a list of the top green colleges in the country. Qualities measured include:

  • The school’s overall waste diversion rate
  • The percentage of the school’s energy consumption derived from renewable resources
  • The percentage of food expenditures that goes toward local, organic or otherwise environmentally preferable food
  • Whether the school has a formal committee with participation from students that is devoted to advancing sustainability on campus
  • Whether the school has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration

The UW also is included in the company’s “The Best 380 Colleges” guidebook for 2016 and the top green rating is listed on the university’s profile page. The UW has been in the company’s Best Colleges guide for the past 20 years.

For more information on the Green Honor Roll, see the Princeton Review’s news release. Read more about the award on UW Sustainability’s site.