ST. PETERSBURG – Eckerd College recently was ranked by Princeton Review as one of the top “green colleges” in the country. It is the fourth time Eckerd has been included in the fifth annual guide.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges profiles institutions in the United States and Canada, which “demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.” The guide bills itself as the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges.
Robert Franek, The Princeton Review Senior VP/Publisher, noted the growing interest among students in attending “green” colleges. Among 9,955 college applicants The Princeton Review surveyed in 2013 for its “College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 62 percent said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend a school.
The rankings were based on scores for 832 colleges this year, based on data collected last year in surveys of schools concerning their sustainability-related practices, policies and academic offerings.