Color Furman University green.
The school made the list of Top 50 Green Colleges in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges” based on the school’s commitments to the environment and sustainability.
Furman ranked 36th in the 2017 version of the guide.
“This national recognition is a real testament to the breadth, depth, and successes of Furman’s sustainability programs and achievements. We are proud and honored to be recognized in Princeton Review’s ‘Top 50 Green Colleges’ for 2017,” said Weston Dripps, executive director of the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability at Furman.
The Princeton Review’s Senior Vice President-Publisher Robert Franek said there’s a growing interest among college-bound students in green colleges. Sixty-four percent of the teens and parents who participated in The Princeton Review’s 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey said a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend a college.
Three hundred seventy-five schools made the list.
Using The Princeton Review’s institutional and student surveys, The Princeton Review considered 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.
The guide includes information about a school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, availability of transportation alternatives, and the percentage of school food budgets spent on local and/or organic food. It also pulled information from the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Furman built the first LEED-certified building in South Carolina and established the David E. Shi Center for Sustainability on campus.