Agnes Scott One of Princeton Review’s Green Colleges
Thursday, April 21, 2011
The Princeton Review has again included Agnes Scott College among the most environmentally responsible colleges in the country. The college is featured in Princeton Review’s “Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.”
Developed by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the “Guide to 311 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 311 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2010 with hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual "green rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiled in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The 311 schools included in the guide received scores of 80 or above.
Sustainability is one facet of Agnes Scott’s commitment to “living honorably,” part of its core mission for both the college and its students. As a charter member of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment in 2007, the college joined more than 650 other colleges and universities across the country in committing to reduce their environmental impact. Agnes Scott has created a climate action plan (CAP) to work toward becoming climate neutral by 2039 and now diverts more than 64 percent of its waste from landfills. Agnes Scott was the first college or university in the state to prohibit idling on campus and the first to compost waste from its residence halls. And this year, with a grant from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, the college installed an energy dashboard to monitor energy usage by individual campus buildings.
To learn more about sustainability initiatives at Agnes Scott College, visit www.agnesscott.edu/sustainability.
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.