Saint Mary's Named a Top Green College

The Princeton Review names Saint Mary's a Top Green CollegeSaint Mary’s is honored to announce that the College has been included in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition. Saint Mary’s ranked among the top 413 colleges the Princeton Review chose to profile out of 700 schools. The schools selected received an overall rating of 80 or higher, based on a scale of 60 to 99. Saint Mary’s received an enviable 93 sustainability score. The criteria for each score broadly covered the schools’ academic offerings and initiatives, campus policies and practices, and green-career preparation for students.

“College applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues,” stated Ann Drevno, Saint Mary’s director of Sustainability. “The Princeton Review’s survey reveals that among teens and parents, 64 percent said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

The Princeton Review chose the 413 schools profiled based on a survey conducted of administrators and students at hundreds of four-year colleges in 2018–19 that questioned their institution’s commitment to the environment and sustainability. More than 25 data points were analyzed for the green rating score. Data from the student survey included student ratings of three factors: the influence of sustainability issues on their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

The guide provides information on the College’s “Green Facts,” with details including the availability of transportation alternatives and the percentage of the school’s food budget spent on local/organic food. Saint Mary’s earned its 93 sustainability score because it has the following:

  • A formal sustainability committee.
  • Sustainability-focused degree available.
  • Employed sustainability officer.
  • 35 percent of food budget spent on local/organic food.
  • Transportation alternatives.
  • Free or reduced-price transit passes and/or free campus shuttle.
  • Developed bicycle plan.
  • Telecommute program for employees.

“This accolade of being named a Top Green College is a solid validation that the College continues to be acknowledged as a leading institution of higher education: delivering commanding results and transforming the lives of our students,” said Drevno.

“We salute—and strongly recommend—Saint Mary’s to the many environmentally minded students who want to study and live at a green college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor in chief.