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Loyola University New Orleans Named “Green College” by The Princeton Review

Loyola press release - September 20, 2017

Loyola University New Orleans is one of the nation’s 375 most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Loyola University New Orleans in the 2017 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges. Published September 19, the ranking can be accessed here.

“Care for the environment and respect for the world around us are core Jesuit values, and at Loyola University New Orleans we advance these ideals through our curriculum and our many sustainability efforts on campus,” said Loyola University New Orleans president the Rev. Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D. “In so doing, we respect international concerns about climate and justice as well as Pope Francis’s call in Laudato Si to ‘enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.’”

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. Rankers considered:

· 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

· How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are

Loyola received a “Green Rating” of 83 out of 99 and was noted for its sustainability-focused degree programs, such as Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Biophysics, and new Food Studies program; resources including its Center for Environmental Communication in the award-winning School of Mass Communication, Center for Entrepreneurship and Community Development, and Environmental Law program; interdisciplinary curriculum; and qualities of campus life, including:

  • A formal university Sustainability Committee
  • A sustainability officer
  • A public GHG inventory plan
  • Available transportation alternatives
  • Car sharing program
  • Free or reduced price transit passes and free campus shuttle
  • Indoor and secure bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016-17 survey of school administrators. The survey asked colleges and universities to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools (362) in this edition are in the U.S. Twelve are in Canada. One is in Egypt. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating is at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

“We strongly recommend Loyola University New Orleans and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher. Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges.

“Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.”

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.