An ongoing commitment to sustainability has landed The University of Southern Mississippi among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” as designated by The Princeton Review.
Southern Miss joins the University of Mississippi as the state’s only colleges to receive this prestigious recognition.
The Princeton Review’s annual guide (www.princetonreview.com/green-guide) profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
“It is a great honor to be listed on the 2012 Princeton Review's list of green colleges. This recognition validates our efforts to make Southern Miss a sustainable environment and culture,” said Haley McMinn, manager of Sustainability at Southern Miss. “It is our goal to be a model of sustainable thought and practice within our state and region.”
McMinn stresses that Southern Miss is “absolutely progressing in the right direction” through continued energy management practices, educational outreach programming, and dedication to developing strong partnerships, both on and off the Hattiesburg campus.
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Green ratings for 768 institutions were tallied last summer. The 322 schools recognized in the guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.
To learn more about the Office of Sustainability at Southern Miss call 601.266.5687 or visit: http://www.usm.edu/green