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The Princeton Review Names Pepperdine One of the Top 322 Green Colleges in North America


Pepperdine University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, profiles Pepperdine in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges.

In the guide's profile on Pepperdine, which received a Green Rating of 85, The Princeton Review highlights the University's percentages of food budget spent on local or organic food (31), waste-diversion rate (78), school energy from renewable sources (19), and school cleaning products that are green certified (26). Additionally, it was noted that Pepperdine employs a sustainability officer, offers guidance on green jobs, and provides transportation alternatives such as vanpools and carpool parking.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at and

The 322 school profiles in the guide—320 from the United States, and two from Canada—feature essential information for applicants and write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives.

Said Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher of The Princeton Review, "We are truly pleased to recommend Pepperdine along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices."

Franek noted his company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. "Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school,"he said.

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)), with generous support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, commented, "Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school's commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information. We're thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students' choices a little easier."

For more information about Pepperdine's commitment to responsible stewardship of its environment, visit the Center for Sustainability website.

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