Prescott College to Source 100% Electricity from Renewable Energy, Named to Princeton Review’s Top Green Colleges
"Our shift to responsible sourcing of our electricity demonstrates for me that the inspiration that started our small college 50 years ago is alive and well today. Our commitment to sustainability is an ever-onward process.” - Peter Sherman
Prescott College has been named one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) in their Guide to Green Colleges. “We strongly recommend Prescott College and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.
Something that will ensure Prescott College stays on the list next year is the announcement that the College intends to source 100 percent of its annual electrical usage from renewable (green) sources. By sourcing green, Prescott College once again demonstrates its ongoing commitment to the environment and social justice.
“This is supported entirely by the students’ own Sustainability Fees,” says John Flicker, President of Prescott College. “Once again, our students demonstrate their inspiring capacity to lead responsibly towards a cleaner future.”
The choice to source 100 percent of its electricity from renewable sources builds on previous climate action, as Prescott College was one of the first signatories to the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment – the higher education protocol for reducing institutional and global greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, Prescott College’s LEED™ Platinum housing for new students demonstrates leadership regionally. The housing called “The Village” is one of only 25 LEED™ Platinum constructions of any variety to date in Arizona, according to the U.S. Green Building Council website.
With this announcement Prescott College joins approximately 144 other colleges and universities around the nation that are EPA Green Partners and one of only 40 such institutions nationwide that source 100 percent or more of their electricity from renewable energy.
“We already had this course of action planned long before the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges was published. Just because we made the list this year doesn’t mean we’ll ever stop trying to innovate,” says Peter Sherman, Campus Sustainability Director. “By sourcing our electricity from 100-plus percent renewables, we proudly take the lead in Arizona among its many fine institutions of higher education. Our shift to responsible sourcing of our electricity demonstrates for me that the inspiration that started our small college 50 years ago is alive and well today. Our commitment to sustainability is an ever-onward process.”
How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide
The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2016 for 640 colleges using data from its 2015-16 survey of school administrators. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll saluting schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99, is at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.