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The Princeton Review has named Hollins University one of the United States and Canada's most environmentally responsible colleges in the fifth annual edition of their Guide to 332 Green Colleges.
The guide was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council.
Schools were selected based on a survey conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.
"Hollins University has been leading the sustainability charge for quite some time," the guide states, citing Hollins' geothermal well field at Tinker Hall and 2.6-kilowatt solar facility as well as the annual energy challenge to reduce electricity and water usage in residence halls. The guide also notes that Hollins became a charter signatory in 2007 of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, "and aims to become totally carbon neutral by 2040."
"We are pleased to recommend Hollins to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally responsible choices and practices," said Rob Franek, senior vice president and publisher at The Princeton Review.
Hollins was also featured in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition and The Princeton Review's Guide to 311 Green Colleges: 2011 Edition.