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ASU among the first green class

April 22, 2010

Arizona State University is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The nationally-known education services company selected ASU for inclusion in a unique resource it has created for college applicants – The Princeton Review’s "Guide to 286 Green Colleges."

Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the guide to 286 Green Colleges is the first, free comprehensive guidebook focused solely on institutions of higher education who have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

ASU was noted for its "world-class sustainability initiatives." These include renewable energy production with a 30 kilowatt photovoltaic system, pursuit of complete carbon neutrality and the U-pass system for public transportation. The university also was recognized for its School of Sustainability, sustainable building design and construction, and effort by staff to make the campus more environmentally responsible.

The free guide can be downloaded at and

“Students and their parents are becoming more and more interested in learning about and attending colleges and universities that practice, teach and support environmental responsibility,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher, The Princeton Review. “According to our recent College Hope & Worries Survey, 64 percent of college applicants and their parents said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend it. We created this guide to help them evaluate how institutions like Arizona State University focus on environmental responsibility so that they can make informed decisions as they move through the college assessment and application process.”