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Sustainability Factors in Students College Decisions




March 2013 - Green

Today's tip is about sustainability on campus as a factor in students' college decisions.

In the next few months, thousands of high school seniors all over the country will decide where to spend the next four (or five or seven or ten) years of their life. Increasingly, college and university sustainability initiatives factor into that decision.

According The Center for Green Schools at USGBC, 69 percent of high school seniors factor in “greenness” into their campus selection criteria. So, all that noise you heard about the soft benefits of green — that it’s a good recruiter? Here’s evidence that your greening efforts will certainly be noticed.

The Princeton Review and USGBC recently released The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges. The free download gives users a complete listing of college's and university's green initiatives, like whether the institution has a formal sustainability committee and whether LEED is required for new buildings.

Facility managers would be well advised to take a look at how their organization fares. There's little question anymore that your prospective students are.

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