MORAGA, Calif. (April 20, 2011) - Saint Mary's College of California was named among the most environmentally responsible colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada by the Princeton Review. The College is included in the Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.

This is the second consecutive year Saint Mary's has been included in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges. "The inclusion illustrates the school's continued commitment to being good environmental stewards," said Marshall Welch, the College's Sustainability Committee Chairperson. "Sustainability is part of the College's academic focus, its public programming and our overall campus life. We're proud to be considered a leading ‘Green' institution of higher education," said Welch, who is also the Director of the College's Catholic Institute for Lasallian Social Action (CILSA) which coordinates community service efforts for hundreds of students.

Saint Mary's notable efforts in sustainability include a car-sharing program, energy conservation measures, a student-run vegetable garden that provides more than 200 pounds of food each week to campus dining services, and 60 percent of the college's annual food budget is spent on local items. Additional initiatives include water conservation efforts that save an estimated 4.3 million gallons of water each year through green plumbing in college rest facilities. In dining halls students enjoy fair trade coffee, all pre-consumer food waste is composted and food trays are rarely used.

Saint Mary's received a "Green Rating" of 86 in the Guide. The ratings, scaled from 60 to 99, determine a college's commitment to sustainability based on survey information about its environmental commitments and initiatives. The Princeton Review tallied scores for 703 institutions in the summer of 2010 for inclusion in the 2011 edition. The 311 schools in the latest guide received scores of 80 or higher. To download the free Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition, visit the guide's webpage.

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Saint Mary's College of California was founded in 1863 and is based in Catholic, Lasallian and liberal arts traditions. The college currently enrolls more than 3,800 students in undergraduate and graduate programs. For more than 140 years the College has been guided by the Christian Brothers, the Catholic Church's oldest order dedicated exclusively to teaching. Visit Saint Mary's College at www.stmarys-ca.edu.

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