UNC Charlotte again is on Princeton Review’s 'Guide to Green Colleges,' an annual publication that recognizes academic institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The University is one of 455 colleges included in the 2023 edition. This unranked list is based on reporting from university administrators on an institution’s sustainability-related academic offerings, campus initiatives, policies, practices and incentives to prepare students to enter into “green” professions.
"Inclusion in the Princeton Review's ‘Guide to Green Colleges’ is a signal to potential students and their parents that our campus is a healthy, clean and modern operation that will prepare them for a sustainable future," said Mike Lizotte, University sustainability officer.
Studies by Princeton Review indicate that 75% of college applicants and parents state a college’s environmental commitment would affect their choice of schools.
The Princeton Review editors provide a Green Rating score, and schools with a score of 80 or higher are included in the guidebook. UNC Charlotte scored a 91 and was recognized for having dedicated sustainability staff and committees, degree programs, transportation options, local food sourcing and posting a public greenhouse gas inventory.
UNC Charlotte’s 10-year strategic plan "Shaping What's Next," launched in 2021, includes making UNC Charlotte a national leader in sustainability. The University’s Office of Sustainability collaborates with faculty, staff and students to measure progress, propose solutions, initiate changes, develop skills and share experiences that create conditions contributing to environmental, social and financial dimensions of sustainability.
For more information or to request a presentation on campus sustainability programs and initiatives, contact Mike Lizotte at firstname.lastname@example.org.