New School’s Green Initiatives Make Princeton Review Guide

A New School student teaches a popup sustainability class at the Union Square Green Market.

With rooftop gardens, farm shares, and research projects based in the city’s parks, we’ve known for a while that our university has a knack for being environmentally conscious. We’re not the only ones. On Tuesday, The Princeton Review featured The New School as one of North America’s top environmentally friendly universities in its Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.

In celebration of Earth Week (beginning April 22 this year), the Princeton Review’s fourth annual guide highlights the 320 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and two in Canada. Universities were selected based on the results of a 50-question survey concerning each school’s demonstrated sustainability features in areas such as academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The New School’s insert in the guide features a list of the university’s “Green Facts,” which include the new University Center’s LEED-certified rating, the percentage of the food budget that is spent on local and organic foods (82%), and the percentage of the school’s energy which comes from renewable resources (70%).  The guide acknowledges The New School as one of the first institutions to sign up for Mayor Bloomberg’s University Challenge to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2017. The Princeton Review also gave props to the many student-run environmental groups who work on sustainability projects across campus.

Download the free guide here. Also, check out the university’s list of events for Earth Week.