Middlebury is one of 22 colleges named to the Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Honor Roll. The college received the highest possible score, on a scale of 60-99, in Green Ratings tallies. The Princeton Review assessed 832 colleges this year, based on data concerning sustainable practices, policies, and academic offerings.
The Green Honor Roll highlighted Middlebury’s commitment to sustainability, specifically the college’s greenhouse gas reduction initiatives. The Princeton Review also noted Middlebury’s innovative biomass facility, LEED Platinum Franklin Environmental Center, and student access to environmental grants, internships and career opportunities.
Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, said, "The schools on our "Green Rating" Honor Roll demonstrated truly exceptional commitments to sustainability across key issues we looked at from course offerings and recycling programs to plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We salute their administrators, faculty, and students for their collective efforts to protect and preserve our environment."
This year marks the sixth Green Rating and Middlebury’s second appearance on the Honor Roll since 2010. The ratings will be published in the Princeton Review’s 2014 editions of “The Best 378 Colleges” and “The Complete Book of Colleges.” In response to the growing interest among students in attending schools with a strong commitment to the environment, the Princeton Review has dedicated a resource on their website to this information (www.princetonreview.com/green).
"Middlebury is pleased that our long time sustainability efforts, both in operations and academics, have been recognized by the Princeton Review," said Nan Jenks Jay, dean of environmental affairs at Middlebury. "We look forward to furthering our environmental programs — just this summer we announced the launch of Middlebury's School of the Environment for the summer of 2014 and a visioning process for environmental education in the 21st century."