POULTNEY, Vt., April 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Many colleges observe Earth Day, scheduled for next week on Wednesday, April 22. "Green Mountain College traditionally celebrates Earth Week," said GMC sustainability director Aaron Witham. "Sustainability plays such a big role in our curriculum and in our campus culture that we believe it's important to be mindful of the earth every day."
The Princeton Review recognized Green Mountain College's exceptional commitment to sustainability today in its sixth annual guide to the most environmentally responsible "green" colleges: GMC was ranked second in the nation, just behind Lewis and Clark College in Oregon.
The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition profiles colleges that excel in environmental program offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.
"Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61% told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college," said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review's Senior VP-Publisher. "We strongly recommend the schools in this guide to environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges."
Colleges and universities with green rating scores of "83" or higher made it into the guide including 347 American schools and five Canadian institutions. Green Mountain College scored a perfect "99" in the Princeton Review's Best 379 Colleges guide released last summer. The complete list of top 50 schools in the Green Colleges edition released today is at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.
This is the most recent recognition on the growing list of accolades GMC has received as one of the top environmental schools in the country. Last fall Sierra magazine ranked GMC eighth in the nation in its annual "Cool Schools" survey. It was the fourth time in five years that GMC ranked among Sierra's top ten schools.
GMC is the first college in the nation to achieve climate neutrality through campus-wide efficiency, adoption of clean energy, and purchase of local carbon offsets. In 2013, the Green Mountain College board of trustees approved divestment from publicly traded companies which hold most of the world's known fossil fuel reserves.
SOURCE Green Mountain College