Rollins Among the Nation’s Greenest Colleges

October 17, 2018

By Office of Marketing

A student participating in Rollins' bike-share program.
Photo by Scott Cook.

Rollins is recognized by The Princeton Review in its annual guide to the country’s green colleges.

Rollins is one of the nation’s 399 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Rollins in the 2018 edition of its book, The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this ninth annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company’s 2017–18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The schools were selected based on their academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities, and career preparation for students.

“We strongly recommend Rollins and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” says Robert Franek, editor-in-chief of The Princeton Review. Franek explains that 63 percent of students said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.

Rollins earned a “Green Rating” score of 86 out of 99. The Princeton Review cites the College’s focus on renewable energy, alternative transportation, and recycling programs as a few of the sustainability standouts on campus. The Bush Science Center, for example, features multiple heat-recovery wheels that allow the school to save up to 70 percent of the energy associated with heating, cooling, and dehumidification. Recent construction ensures the school is excessively bike- and pedestrian-friendly, and Rollins’ bike-share program makes getting around campus a breeze. In dining services, a reusable take-out program is available, and all Styrofoam cups, lids, and straws have been removed and replaced with biodegradable products. Additionally, the College has installed 31 hydration stations, which have saved almost 350,000 bottles of water in only two years.

Learn more about sustainability at Rollins.

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