For the ninth consecutive year, Rochester Institute of Technology was named one of the greenest universities by The Princeton Review.
The rankings are featured in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition. RIT moved up to No. 34 this year out of 413 schools profiled. The university also was among the Top 50 schools in 2018, coming in at No. 50.
In the guide’s profile, RIT is commended for being on “the cutting edge of innovation and sustainability,” achieving a “Green Rating” score of 97 out of a possible 99 — the university’s highest rating ever.
The Princeton Review chose the 413 schools it profiles in the guide based on a survey the company conducted in 2018-19 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.
The guide chose colleges based on “Green Rating” scores, from 60 to 99, that the company tallied this past summer from 689 colleges using data from the survey, which asked the administrators to report on their school’s sustainability related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighed in the assessment. Schools with scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide.
The Princeton Review developed the Top 50 ranking list using data from the institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the survey factored into the assessment, including student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.
In the guide’s profile, RIT is commended for its focus on Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design-certified new construction; RIT’s Golisano Institute for Sustainability, which is committed to advancing education and research in sustainability, remanufacturing and the circular economy; and serving as headquarters to the New York State Pollution Prevention Institute. The university also was commended for an extensive heating and cooling plant replacement project that will go a long way toward reducing campus emissions.