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Tuesday, April 17, 2012 12:12 p.m.

GW earns spot in Princeton Review’s green guide

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After undergoing renovations in 2011, Lafayette Hall earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold certification. Hatchet File Photo.

Updated April 17, 3:36 p.m.

This post was written by Hatchet staff writer Monica Mehta.

A review released today commended GW as one of the most environmentally responsible universities in the nation.

The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, praised the University in its third annual “Guide to 322 Green Colleges,” noting the school’s sustainable infrastructure, academic offerings and policies.

“Colleges and universities need to demonstrate a deep commitment to sustainability to the 68 percent of students who say that a school’s commitment to sustainability is part of their decision making process,” Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, said in a release.

This is the second time GW has been included in the “greenest colleges” handbook, which includes “green facts” about each school along with admissions and financial aid information. Two years ago, GW did not make the list because it failed to complete part of a survey sent to the admissions office.

Sophie Waskow, GW’s sustainability project facilitator, said the University is “thrilled” to be included in the guide again.

“This rating reflects the hard work of many on campus to elevate and increase GW’s sustainability efforts,” Waskow said. “At Earth Week festivities this week and the Planet Forward Innovation Summit today, we look forward to celebrating this accomplishment among many others.”

This year, the guidebook lauded the University’s wide variety of interdisciplinary sustainability courses as its “most impressive green feat.”

GW recently announced the establishment of a sustainability minor for the fall. Students at GW can already choose from more than 60 green leaf courses, which address issues in social, economic or environmental sustainability.

In addition to sustainable-minded course offerings, the guide commended the University’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Gold certified buildings, participation in the Billion Dollar Green Challenge and the creation of a green roof used to heat water.

Last week, the University ranked below other District colleges for its overall recycling rate in an eight-week intercollegiate competition promoting sustainability.

The guide included schools that earned scores above 83 in a Princeton Review survey conducted last year among more than 700 colleges in the U.S. and Canada. Individual school rankings and scores were not published.

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