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Nov. 21 - Georgia Southern listed among ‘Green Colleges’ for ninth consecutive year

Savannah Business Journal Staff Report

November 21, 2019 - For the ninth consecutive year, The Princeton Review ranked Georgia Southern University as one of the 413 most environmentally responsible colleges in the country. The education services company known for its test prep, tutoring services, books and college rankings features Georgia Southern in its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition.

The Princeton Review chose schools based on a survey conducted in 2018-19, which asked administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“We are proud to earn continued recognition as a leader in sustainability at the national level,” said Lissa Leege, Ph.D., Center for Sustainability director. “We have increased our commitment to sustainability this year as an institution, with the incorporation of sustainability as a value that accompanies the university’s mission, and as a pillar in our strategic plan. We look forward to the integration of these values on all three campuses and to new strides towards these goals in the years to come.”

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

“We salute—and strongly recommend Georgia Southern to many environmentally minded students who want to study and live at a green college,” wrote The Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Rob Franek.

“Georgia Southern emphasizes renewable energy and environmental science research through initiatives such as research on converting Georgia-grown agricultural products into marketable fuel,” he continued. “In addition, the university’s Center for Sustainability hosts student-led sustainability action projects such as participating in ‘No Impact Week,’ every day of which was dedicated to a different way students could take on eco-responsible habits, such as reducing consumption, trash and alternative transportation.”

Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among the 11,900 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2019 “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 64% said that having information about the college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

For more information regarding The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition and to see a full list of this year’s recipients visit www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.

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