Conexión San Ángelo/ Staff report

SAN ANGELO – For the second straight year, Angelo State University has been recognized as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. by The Princeton Review and is featured as a “Green College” in the 2017 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.”   

Schools were chosen for the annual guide based on data from The Princeton Review’s 2016-17 survey of 629 colleges and universities concerning their commitments to the environment and sustainability. Each school was rated on a scale of 60-99, and ASU scored an 82.    

Specifically, the survey included queried data on:   

• Whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable   

• How well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century, as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities   

• How environmentally responsible a school’s policies are   

Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president-publisher, said, “We strongly recommend Angelo State University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges.”   

“Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey,” he added, “64 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.”   

The profiles in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges” provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

ASU is one of only six state-supported universities in Texas to earn a 2017 “Green College” rating. The others are Texas A&M University, University of Houston, University of North Texas, University of Texas and UT-Rio Grande Valley. 

“The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges” was published Sept. 19 and is available online at www.princetonreview.com/college-rankings?rankings=green-colleges.

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