Cal State Fullerton has been named among the nation’s environmentally sustainable colleges in the 2017 Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges.”
The publication, released this week, profiles universities and colleges “with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.”
Selection for the publication was based on “Green Rating” scores (ranging from 60 to 99) that were tallied earlier this year for 629 colleges. Cal State Fullerton achieved a score of 91 for having a sustainability officer, alternative transportation options, a greenhouse gas inventory plan, and 55 percent of its food budget spent on local/organic food. It also looked at building construction/renovations and the percentage of buildings LEED equivalent or certified, the school’s overall waste-diversion rate and whether it has an environmental studies major, minor or concentration.
Cal State Fullerton holds a silver ranking in the Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) established the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and last year, received two statewide awards for energy efficiency and sustainability best practices.