UCR Once Again Named to Princeton Review Green Colleges List

University recognized as one of the top 322 green colleges and universities for the second year in a row

UC Riverside was one of 322 schools honored by the Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability.

UC Riverside was one of 322 schools honored by the Princeton Review for its commitment to sustainability.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.  — For the second consecutive year, the University of California, Riverside has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the top green colleges in North America. This ranking appeared in the annual The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges, which was released on April 16.

UCR’s received a green rating of 93 out of a possible  99. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges across the United States and Canada. Survey data included the schools’ course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

“We are once again pleased to be included on the Princeton Review list. UC Riverside is a leader in environmental responsibility, and we will continue our efforts to make this a better, more efficient and greener campus,” Cook said.

In the survey report, UCR was lauded for:

The seal for the Princeton Review Green Colleges report.

The seal for the Princeton Review Green Colleges report.

  • spending 17% food budget on local/organic food,
  • a 63% waste-diversion rate,
  • using 50% green-certified cleaning products,
  • a 20% rate of energy coming from renewable resources,
  • a public greenhouse gas inventory plan,
  • the availability of an environmental studies degree,
  • providing guidance on green jobs,
  • a formal sustainability committee,
  • a formal sustainability officer,
  • substantial alternative transportation opportunities,
  • including free public transit bus rides,
  • having more than 9,000 bike racks,
  • striped bike lanes to/from campus,
  • 28 vanpools that reach most of Southern California,
  • the availability of Zimrides and Zipcars
  • the availability of electric vehicle charging stations.

The Princeton Review created its “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council. Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide can be downloaded for free at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-5893
E-mail: ross.french@ucr.edu

Additional Contacts

John Cook, campus sustainability coordinator
Tel: (951) 827-1270
E-mail: john.cook@ucr.edu

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