UNC Asheville Featured in The Princeton Review’s "Guide to 375 Green Colleges: 2017 Edition"

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UNC Asheville volunteers at the Bee Hotel during Greenfest.

UNC Asheville has once again been named to The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges. The 2017 Edition includes 375 schools, selected from results from 2016-17 institutional and student surveys.

The Princeton Review assigns each school a Green Rating, which factors in whether students have a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable, how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy, and how environmentally responsible a school's policies are.  UNC Asheville earned a Green Rating of 88, on a scale of 100. The methodology for the green colleges lists combined school-reported data and student surveys; responses included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced 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.

“There are so many exciting sustainability efforts underway at UNC Asheville that touch our staff and students’ lives from green office activities to sustainable investing to LEED-certified construction projects. Though a ranking isn’t the goal, it’s certainly gratifying to know that we can count ourselves among the most sustainable campuses in the nation,” said Sonia Marcus, director of sustainability at UNC Asheville.

In August 2017, UNC Asheville was featured in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review’s “The Best 382 Colleges,” earning a spot on two of the top 20 lists, coming in at No. 18 for “Town-Gown Relations are Great” and No. 20 for “College City Gets High Marks.” As North Carolina’s public liberal arts university, it also moved up to No. 7 on the U.S. News and World Report 2018 Best Colleges list for public liberal arts colleges.

For more information, visit unca.edu.