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Furman listed among top “green colleges”

green-ranking-seal-2015Furman University is listed in the new 2015 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges, a guidebook providing information about the most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

The newest edition of the free guidebook profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

The 218-page book can be downloaded for free at this link.

“We strongly recommend the colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the sixth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body statistics. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

Furman has been widely recognized for its commitment to sustainability.  In addition to being a charter signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, the university has been named a Campus Sustainability Leader by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and a Climate Action Leader by Clean Air-Cool Planet.

In addition to being the only liberal arts school in the nation to offer a bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Science, Furman built the first LEED-certified building in South Carolina and established the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability on campus.  The university recently earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in recognition of its sustainability achievements.

For more information about Furman’s environmental efforts, contact the Shi Center for Sustainability at 864-294-3655.

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