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Morris Featured in The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges

Green Prairie Community
Author: 
Jenna Ray
Publication date: 
September 20, 2017

Once again The Princeton Review has named the University of Minnesota, Morris one of the world's most environmentally responsible colleges. The education services company features Morris in the 2017 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.

This is Morris's ninth appearance in the annual listing. Morris earned a Green Rating score of 97/99.

"Morris is a model living and learning community, and this international ranking affirms our efforts around carbon neutrality and climate adaptation," says Chancellor Michelle Behr.

The Princeton Review cites the campus's deep roots in agriculture and land stewardship as distinguishing features. Editors go on to note that Morris—a charter signatory of the ACUPCC and STARS Charter Participant program—is one of the first public colleges to generate on-site renewable power from local resources. The campus has a comprehensive sustainability plan that includes conservation, and it is a founding partner in an organization devoted to sustainable local foods. Its student-run Minnesota Public Interest Research Group chapter is active in "energy, fair trade, sustainable food, and toxicity reduction work," and its Center for Small Towns helped create a new AmeriCorps program that develops green professionals. Morris also offers majors in both Environmental Science and Environmental Studies.

According to The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher, the company has seen growing interest in green colleges among college-bound students.

"We strongly recommend Morris and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," Franek adds.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the seventh annual edition of its green guide based on data from the company's 2016–17 survey of 629 four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability. The survey asked school administrators to report on their school's sustainability related policies, practices, and programs. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. To learn more visit princetonreview.com/green-guide.