BAR HARBOR, ME – College of the Atlantic has made The Princeton Review’s 2014 Green Honor Roll. The Princeton Review’s sixth annual “Green Ratings” of colleges is a measure of how environmentally friendly the institutions are on a scale of 60 to 99. COA received the highest possible score (99), is the only Maine school on the list, and is one of only two schools to make the list each year.
Earlier this year, 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. Current renovations on COA’s main administrative building, the historic granite “cottage” known as Turrets, will – among other improvements – include 80 new insulating double-paned windows, greatly increasing the building’s energy efficiency. This fall the college will work with ReVision Energy, based in Liberty Maine, to install a 50 kW photovoltaic power project meeting seven percent of the college’s electricity needs.
“What truly is making COA ever more sustainable is the commitment of the members of our community,” said COA’s Sustainability Director, Craig Ten Broeck. “It is their dedication and daily decisions that make the difference.”
The Princeton Review tallied the rating for 832 institutions based on institutional surveys of colleges in 2012-13 concerning environmentally related practices, policies and academic offerings.
Said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher, “The schools on our “Green Rating” Honor Roll demonstrated truly exceptional commitments to sustainability across key issues we looked at from course offerings and recycling programs to plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. We salute their administrators, faculty, and students for their collective efforts to protect and preserve our environment.”
Among 9,955 college applicants The Princeton Review surveyed in 2013 for its “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 62% said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would impact their decision to apply to or attend a school.
The full list appears on The Princeton Review website: www.princetonreview.com/green-honor-roll.aspx.
About College of the Atlantic
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.
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