The guide profiles 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada that have an outstanding commitment to sustainable practices. Schools were selected based on a detailed 2011 survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges.
“Sustainability issues will continue to define this century, and it is critical that we help our students develop the skills, moral commitment and passion to create solutions,” said Susan Agre-Kippenhan, vice president for Academic Affairs at Linfield College.
In a 2012 Review survey, nearly 7 out of 10 college applicants reported that an institution’s commitment to sustainability would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.
SUSTAINABILITY AT LINFIELD COLLEGE
Linfield offers an environmental studies major, and environmental themes crop up across the curriculum. Much of the curriculum and research is tied to the region, with students focusing on issues like invasive species in local habitats or sustainable approaches to growing pinot noir grapes.
The 2011 green restoration of Linfield College’s historic library led to the selection of radiant ceiling panels for both heating and cooling, one of only four such systems in Oregon. Buildings across campus have been retrofitted for energy efficiency and all major capital projects are required to meet LEED Silver standards. The school was among the first colleges in the Pacific Northwest to partner with U Car Share, a car sharing program. Special efforts are made to maximize water conservation in caring for the large, park-like campus.
Students sponsor conferences and initiatives focused on environmental activism, including the establishment of a student-managed bike shop that loans bikes to the campus community free of charge. There are now roughly 300 bicycles on campus.
Guide to Green Colleges
The Princeton Review created the guide in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council. Five other Oregon institutions made the list, including Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, the University of Oregon and the University of Portland.