Princeton Review names C.C. as top green college

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Five Colorado institutions of higher learning have made it into “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”

They include Colorado College, Colorado State University, University of Colorado at Boulder, Naropa University and the University of Denver.

The list was released this week, just in time for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day.

The guide profiles the nation’s “most environmentally responsible campuses.”

Each institution was scored based on “green rating” data points received during summer 2009. The green rating is computed using a numerical score from 60 to 99. It reflects many of the criteria used by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, which provides guidelines for assessing green performance and meeting sustainability goals in the construction of buildings.

LEED-certified buildings on campus were given consideration, but were not a criterion for inclusion in the book.

Inclusion of Colorado College is hardly surprising.

In 2003, the Colorado College Office of Sustainability Council was formed and incorporated into the school’s Vision 2010. Since then a committed working group formed, dedicated to implementing a number of sustainability initiatives. Sustainability was also adopted as one of the college’s seven core vision values.