This fall, Georgia Tech ranked No. 43 in The Princeton Review’s Top 50 Green Colleges and was also featured in the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.
“Georgia Tech is very proud to be recognized for its environmentally responsible practices,” said Anne Rogers, associate director for Campus Sustainability. “Our goal is to be a leader in sustainable issues and to promote action and awareness on campus.”
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this ninth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2017-18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. Information about Princeton Review's Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll, which lists schools that receive the highest possible rating score – 99, can be found at princetonreview.com/green-guide.
As noted in the selection criteria, Georgia Tech continuously demonstrates its commitment to the environment and sustainability in a variety of ways. This includes championing alternative transportation programs such as discounts on carpooling and mass transit, bike sharing, and pedestrian and bicycle-friendly pathways around Tech’s 400-acre campus.
The Institute is also committed to reducing its own footprint on the environment by purchasing sustainably harvested food, reducing the overall waste diversion rate and greenhouse gas emissions, and investing in renewable energy sources. Additionally, for many years, the Institute’s award-winning Green Cleaning Program has been protecting the campus community’s health while protecting the environment with eco-friendly products and methods. And, while still under construction, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design is expected to earn one of the most stringent building performance accreditations available: Living Building Challenge 3.1 certification.
Academically, the Institute also has a long track record of promoting participation among students to help advance sustainability on campus. This includes offering degrees in environmental studies, as well as designing select programs that require sustainability as a defined learning outcome. In addition, the Office of Campus Sustainability and Facilities Management take great pride in working with students to apply sustainable learnings and practices both in and outside the classroom.
To learn more about sustainability at Georgia Tech, visit the Office of Campus Sustainability website at sustain.gatech.edu. Information about The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges can be found at princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide.