URI is the ‘greenest college’ in the state

KINGSTON, R.I. (WPRI) – Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges has named University of Rhode Island as one of the nation’s greenest colleges for a fifth consecutive year.

Rankings were announced earlier this spring, and put URI at the top of the state with 95 points out of 99. This was a three point increase from URI’s score last year.

Brown University earned an 89 and Roger Williams University earned an 87. Other R.I. schools were not included in the guide.

  • Bryant University, 76
  • Salve Regina, 72
  • Providence College, 69

“This ranking is a recognition of what the University has been doing for a long time. For us to attract the best and brightest students, URI needs to demonstrate how central sustainability is to its campus culture and how important innovative practices and sustainability systems are to this University,” said Marsha Garcia, the University’s campus sustainability officer. “It’s then our responsibility to make sure students have command of the principles of sustainability when they graduate so they can incorporate them into their lives.”

Rob Franek, senior vice president of The Princeton Review said his company’s recent survey indicates a significant interest in college applicants attending “green” colleges.

“We are pleased to recommend URI to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices are practices,” said Franek.

The guide has been published for five years in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, is a free resource for college applicants that acknowledges over 300 universities and colleges that demonstrate commitment to sustainability.

The decisions are based on “Green Rating” scores, and all the schools listed in this year’s guide have earned an 83 or higher.

In a summary, The Princeton Review said that since 2007 URI has calculated the university’s carbon footprint, investigated energy-saving measures, and has remained on target to achieve carbon neutrality. 95 percent of URI’s buildings have undergone energy-related renovations in the past three years.

The guide also acknowledged URI’s commitment to local and organic food in the dining halls.

“With ongoing research opportunities available in sustainability through the College of The Environment and Life Sciences and the University’s minor in sustainability, URI is taking strides to ensure that students both live and learn about sustainability,” the guidebook said. “Outside of the classroom, numerous green student groups are working to educated their peers about sustainability issues on campus.”


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