Princeton Review Lists UofM Among Most Environmentally Responsible Colleges

May 21, 2015 - The Princeton Review has named the University of Memphis as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada. The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks profiles the U of M in the fifth annual edition of its free downloadable book, The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

After a review of 2,000 colleges, the Princeton Review chose schools for the guide that offer an enhanced student experience through academics and green campus initiatives. The institutional survey included questions about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

The UofM's green initiatives include the Tiger Bike Share Program, with a fleet of 80 bicycles for rent by students, faculty and staff. There also are six bottle refill hydration stations across campus.

Recycling on campus has taken new strides by going single stream. The University's recycling program started in 2009 with a total of 150,000 pounds for the entire year. This year, the total of recycling should surpass 1 million pounds. The annual Tiger Blue Goes Green Day spotlights the many eco-friendly initiatives developed by the University and the surrounding community.

"I am truly proud of what our University has accomplished thus far in sustainability," said Amelia Mayahi, sustainability coordinator. "So many faculty, staff, students and individuals in the community have stepped forward and donated their time to help our program succeed. I have traveled to many universities that have outstanding sustainability programs, which have been created over several years. So to know that our campus is relatively new to the sustainability scene and we are already a leader in so many areas is truly amazing."

The Princeton Review created its Guide to 353 Green Colleges in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

For more information, or to download the 220-page guide, visit princetonreview.com/college-rankings/green-guide.

Contact: Gabrielle Maxey