The Roanoke Region’s Hollins University was recently recognized as one of the country’s leading institutions of higher learning in terms of environmental responsibility. The Princeton Review, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Center for Green Schools, named Hollins to their annual Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition listing.
This in not the first time Hollins has been recognized for their commitment to sustainability; they also made the Princeton Review’s list in 2011 and 2012.
The guide cited the school’s geothermal well field and its student-designed, 2.6-kilowatt solar facility as reasons for including Hollins. The guide also praised student organizations and events like Students for Environmental Action and Campus Sustainability Day.
Hollins also has the ambitious, long-term goal of having a completely carbon-neutral campus by 2040.
Also on this year’s list was Roanoke College in Salem. The guide touted Roanoke’s bike sharing and recycling programs, as well as its LEED Certified Lucas Hall. Students are also offered an environmental studies degree.
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The Princeton Review selected schools based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges conducted last year to measure their commitment to the environment and sustainability. The survey included questions on course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.