Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Princeton Review Names Green Honor Roll

The Princeton Review announced its Green Honor Roll, a new complement to the college rankings.

The top 15 schools are the following:
  • Arizona State University, Tempe campus
  • Bates College (Lewiston, Me.)
  • Binghamton University (State University of New York at Binghamton)
  • College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Me.)
  • Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
  • Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.)
  • Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Ga.)
  • Harvard College (Cambridge, Mass.)
  • Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vt.)
  • Northeastern University (Boston, Mass.)
  • University of California (Berkeley, Calif.)
  • University of New Hampshire (Durham, N.H.)
  • University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Yale University (New Haven, Conn.)
What can Georgetown do to get closer to some of these?
  • Administration: Presidents' Climate Commitment
  • Creativity: Bates has a "Trashion Show." Activities that encourage creativity and eco-friendly thinking outside the box could be fun.
  • Food: Advocacy for local and organic options, a stronger program of donating food that can be donated (rather than discarding it)
  • Transportation: Bicycle co-op, subsidized metro fare


  1. Hmmm, Yale has its own garden, with a faculty member just devoted to working on it... I know a very easy way Georgetown could get closer to this list (hint, Gtown administration-- we've been HANDING this to you on a silver platter!!!)
    We've been doing that with composting, too.

  2. Do you know what the progress with the garden has been this summer?

    It would be nice for us to hire a sustainability director, too, wouldn't it?

  3. a sustainability director would be amazing, but unlikely. I dont know if you all are aware, but the next step for the garden thing is using the land across from lau on reservoir road. it belongs to the park service and we might be in luck.

    Do you think it would be possible for eco action to get a meeting with administration? maybe have some very concrete steps we want to take and talk about collaboration?

  4. Is this Mara, or someone else (just wondering)?

    What space across from Lau? Are you talking about the land they want for the boathouse?

  5. That must have been Ben. He's talking about a little spot of land across from Lau that is all overgrown now. I don't know how that could be used for a boathouse, so I really hope we're talking about different places.
    I do think it's a good idea to involve administration more, and there was a dean of science who was very helpful in the beginning ~ but I can't remember her name.

  6. That sounds right. Maybe this is a conversation better suited for email, but how do you think we should go about involving her and other administrators in the coming months?