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UB named to Princeton Review’s Green College Honor Roll

Aerial image of the new solar array installation along Audubon Parkway near Bizer Creek on UB's North Campus.

An aerial view of the new solar array installation along Audubon Parkway near Bizer Creek on the North Campus. Photo: Douglas Levere

By DAVID J. HILL

Published September 30, 2021

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UB has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2022 Green College Honor Roll for earning the highest possible score in the publication’s Green Rating.

UB is one of only 27 colleges and universities nationally that made the list. The Princeton Review tallied Green Rating scores for 835 colleges for the 2022 ratings. The Green Rating, which is scored from 6o to a maximum of 99, provides a comprehensive measure of a school's performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

The ratings measure whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century, as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

For its Green Ratings, The Princeton Review assembled a panel of experts in higher education green practices to produce a survey for school administrators. The panel then selected key questions and weighted them for the rating. Each institution was asked to answer questions about its efforts to provide (and continually develop) an environmentally beneficial student experience.

The Green Ratings also leverage data that’s reported to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS).

The university’s climate action plan, UB’s 10 in 10, served as a key performance measure that helped boost UB’s Green Rating.