Agnes Scott Selected as One of Princeton Review’s Green Colleges

Monday, April 26, 2010

Agnes Scott College is one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The college was selected for inclusion in The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 286 Green Colleges.”
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Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the just-released “Guide to 286 Green Colleges” is a guidebook focused on institutions of higher education that have demonstrated an above average commitment to sustainability in terms of campus infrastructure, activities and initiatives.

The Princeton Review chose the 286 schools included in the guide based on the “Green Rating” scores the schools received in summer 2009 when The Princeton Review published Green Rating scores for 697 schools in its online college profiles and/or annual college guidebooks. Of 697 schools that The Princeton Review gave “Green Ratings” to in 2009, the 286 schools in the guide received scores in the 80th or higher percentile.

Agnes Scott has made “living honorably” part of its core mission for both the college and its students. As part of that mission, the college has pushed itself to consistently improve and refine its efforts to be a more responsible steward of the environment.

Agnes Scott was the first college in Georgia last year to compost in its residence halls. The college also successfully launched its campus-wide, single-stream recycling program, which eliminates the need to separate recyclables, the previous fall.

Recycling and composting, part of the college’s goal to move closer to producing zero waste, are also part of a much wider strategy to reduce Agnes Scott’s environmental impact. Last year, the college completed a comprehensive, long-term Climate Action Plan, part of a commitment made with about 650 other colleges and universities all over the country that signed onto the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in order to reduce their impact on the environment. Agnes Scott’s CAP outlines strategies and five-year targets designed to achieve “climate neutrality” in time for its 150th anniversary in 2039.

Agnes Scott’s students, faculty and staff work together through many initiatives to consistently improve the college’s sustainability, said Lies van Bekkum, sustainability fellow at Agnes Scott and a recent grad of the college.

“This ‘green’ liberal arts college is going places and will graduate students capable of addressing and rethinking how they and society interact with the environment,” van Bekkum said.

To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Agnes Scott College, visit

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics.