OSU among 16 greenest colleges

Oregon Sate University is among the 16 greenest colleges as ranked by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Theresa Hogue/Courtesy OSU

Oregon Sate University is among the 16 greenest colleges as ranked by the Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.

The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, named Oregon State University to its honor roll of the 16 most environmentally responsible colleges.

OSU was among the schools to score the highest in the ranking — the 16 schools each scored a 99 — which considered sustainability factors such as food sourcing, transportation, green buildings, opportunities to focus on the environment and sustainability in student studies and energy efficiency.

In addition to its curriculum, OSU was recognized for a solar hot water system being installed in its student recreation center and the fact that it's been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency for its leadership in purchasing green power offsets. Strong recycling and a waste-diversion rate of about 52 percent added to its score.

In all, there were six universities to make the "Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges," a report that's available for free download. In addition to OSU, the Oregon school's ranked by the guide include:

• Linfield College, which received high marks for its on-campus efficiency measures and a focus on green building.

• Portland State University, which was noticed for its Institute for Sustainable Solutions and the up and coming ecodistrict initiative that the university is a part of.

• Southern Oregon University made the list for the first time this year in part because the Ashland school completed its Climate Action Plan in 2010 and its purchases of renewable energy certificates to offset carbon emissions.

• University of Oregon was lauded for its academic programs pertaining to sustainability and for the involvement of students in four grassroots annual conferences that put leading-edge sustainability practices front and center.

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