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Univ. of Miami Recognized as Environmentally Responsible University

CORAL GABLES, Fla. — May 14, 2012 — The University of Miami (UM) has been recognized in Princeton Review’s “Guide to 322 Green Colleges” as an environmentally responsible university. The Princeton Review, in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council, recently released the third annual edition of its unique, free guidebook saluting the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

Through its teaching and research endeavors, as well as the operations of its overall enterprise, UM is committed to the safeguarding of the environment. Innovative programs in schools and colleges, interdisciplinary centers and institutes, and events and activities throughout the University address issues involving a wide spectrum of environmental concerns.

The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation. The 232-page book—the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges—can be downloaded at http://www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide. The guide was developed with support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. The company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in the guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in the guide hierarchically (1 to 322), nor does it include those scores in the guide’s school profiles.)

The University of Miami is the largest private research institution in the southeastern United States. The University’s mission is to provide quality education, attract and retain outstanding students, support the faculty and their research, and build an endowment for University initiatives.  For more information, please visit www.miami.edu

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