The University of Washington has been named to The Princeton Review's 2013 Green Honor Roll. The Princeton Review reported its fifth annual "Green Ratings" of colleges: a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99. The Company tallied the rating for 806 institutions based on its institutional surveys of colleges in 2011-12 concerning their environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.
The "Green Rating" scores appear in the Princeton Review profiles of the colleges on www.PrincetonReview.com and in the new 2013 editions of two Princeton Review guidebooks published by Random House, Inc: "The Complete Book of Colleges", and "The Best 377 Colleges". Twenty-one colleges received the highest possible score (99) in the Princeton Review tallies this year. The Company named these colleges to its "2013 Green Rating Honor Roll."
The excerpt from the University of Washington profile on the Green Honor Roll:
"As you'd expect of a university surrounded by one of the nation's greatest forests, University of Washington (UW) takes seriously sustainability and the promotion of ecologically sound practices. UW's environmental Stewardship Advisory Committee takes clear aim at finding solutions to issues involving climate, conservation, consumption reduction, leadership in economic development, growth management and sustainability on campus. The University currently has 15 LEED certified buildings, with 17 more in the works. The most recent, PACCAR Hall, achieved LEED Gold in 2011 and features solar shading landscaping, natural ventilation and thermal storage, as well as plenty of green gadgets that optimize energy efficiency. UW's comprehensive composting and recycling program is responsible for diverting more than half of the school's total waste from landfills.
In order to reduce energy charges (nearly $50 million in 10 years) and increase energy efficiency, UW has installed solar panels, retrofitted fixtures and replaced 1,500 old toilets (resulting in about 30 million gallons of water saved yearly!). Fifty percent of food served on campus is organic, local or fair trade. The University also has a fleet of more than 300 alternative-fuel vehicles. When it comes to sustainability, UW strives to give its students the opportunity to learn by example. In 2009, UW inaugurated the College of the Environment, offering interdisciplinary opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to create programs tailored to their research interests. UW supports graduating students through several events that focus on green jobs through the Career and Communication Center. In 2010, UW launched the first-ever Campus Sustainability Fund, a student-initiated fee that supports campus projects with an environmental impact and high student engagement."