College of the Atlantic is again listed in the Princeton Review’s annual Green College guide. The guide highlights the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. In this guide, 21 schools have received a top “grade” of 99; COA is the only Maine school with this rating. And of the 21 schools, COA is among only four schools that have achieved that grade each of the four years that the guide has been issued.
The Princeton Review made its choices based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges, and included those receiving a grade of 82 or better. Earlier this year, COA was also listed in the separate guide from Princeton Review, The Best Value Colleges: 2013 Edition.
Last month, COA became one of the first colleges in the nation to entirely divest its investments in fossil fuel companies. The college also recently installed a solar powered electric vehicle charging station open to the public and is planning on installing additional solar panels this summer.
Current renovations on the college’s main administrative building, the historic granite “cottage” known as The Turrets, will greatly increase the energy efficiency of campus.
According to Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at the United States Green Building Council that oversaw the survey, “Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information. We’re thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students’ choices a little easier.”
College of the Atlantic was founded in 1969 on the premise that education should go beyond understanding the world as it is, to enabling students to actively shape its future. A leader in experiential education and environmental stewardship, COA has pioneered a distinctive interdisciplinary approach to learning—human ecology—that develops the kinds of creative thinkers and doers needed by all sectors of society in addressing the compelling and growing needs of our world. For more, visit www.coa.edu.