Kennesaw State University named to The Princeton Review green colleges guide

KENNESAW, Ga.(April 16, 2015) — With Earth Day on the horizon, April 22, Kennesaw State…

Georgia (Apr 17, 2015)KENNESAW, Ga.(April 16, 2015) — With Earth Day on the horizon, April 22, Kennesaw State University has been named one of the “most environmentally responsible ‘green’ colleges” by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition” profiles colleges with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

“Being included in this green guide for the fifth straight year showcases the efforts that we have made in the areas of energy conservation, green buildings and our farm-to-campus program,” said R.C. Paul, the University’s director of sustainability. “This reflects a strong commitment to sustainability on the part of KSU’s facilities, transportation and culinary personnel, in addition to that of our faculty and students. In future years, our sustainability efforts will be even stronger. KSU now includes educators and researchers with expertise in the areas of sustainable architecture, engineering and construction management.”

In a half-page “Green Facts” write up, the magazine reports on everything from the University’s use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

Kennesaw State’s indoor and secure bike storage, shower facilities and lockers for bicycle commuters, as well as a free campus shuttle, alternative work schedules for employees and a policy prohibiting idling were highlighted by the magazine.

The University’s undergraduate degree within the interdisciplinary studies program with an emphasis on environmental science or environmental policy was also cited. Other highlights include:

·             A formal sustainability committee;

·             An 84 percent rate of new construction being LEED-certified;

·             Eighty-eight percent of graduates required to take a sustainability related course; and

·             A sustainability officer.

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2014 for 861 colleges using data from its 2013-14 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their schools’ sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 83 or higher made it into the guide.

Most of the schools (347) in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition” are in the U.S.; five are in Canada; and one is in Egypt. Profiles in the guide give college applicants information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, as well as student body facts and stats. The free 218-page guide is downloadable at

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Kennesaw State University is the third-largest university in Georgia, offering more than 100 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees. A member of the University System of Georgia, Kennesaw State is a comprehensive university with more than 32,000 students from 130 countries. In January 2015, Kennesaw State and Southern Polytechnic State University consolidated to create one of the 50-largest public universities in the country.


A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit