Union again among nation’s top “green” colleges

College's sustainability efforts cited by the Princeton Review
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Union again among nation’s top “green” colleges


Heather Mendiola '15 takes part in an Octopus's Garden work party to prepare for the growing season. The organic campus garden donates food to Dining Services and to Campus Kitchens, an anti-hunger group that cooks meals for the City Mission.


Union is again ranked among the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.”

The free 218-page guide profiles colleges with “the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities.”

Schools were selected based on their “Green Rating” scores compiled from more than 800 colleges in a number of data points, including a school's use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs. Only schools with a Green Rating of 83 or higher were included in the guide.

The school’s sustainability profile singles out the College for its Presidential Green Grants program, the U-Sustain committee, the expansion of the composting program to all resident dining facilities and retail dining locations in the Reamer Campus Center, and improving options for local, organic, vegan and vegetarian dining.

“U-Sustain is a mantra and a mission at Union,” the guide states.

The guide is downloadable here.

Union has been included among the nation’s greenest colleges since the first guide was published in 2010.

To learn more about sustainability at Union, click here.