Champlain College Among Princeton Review's Top 100 Green Colleges

By Olivia Werenski ‘17/ Champlain College News

The Princeton Review released its sixth annual free guide to the most environmentally responsible “green” colleges. Champlain College earned a spot in the top 100, a list that encompasses hundreds of colleges nationwide.

The free 218-page guide is downloadable at There users can alsoperuse detailed “Green Facts” write-ups on the schools. The write-ups report on everything from the school’s use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

Champlain’s Sustainability Director Christina Erickson said she is proud of the College’s progress so far. “Being included in this guide, for four years running now, shows that Champlain is making consistent strides in making our campus operations and community a more sustainable place. Our most exciting change this year was shifting our Transportation office under the Sustainability office and hiring a Sustainable Transportation Coordinator, Nic Anderson. As daily commuting to campus contributes to nearly 1/3 of our carbon emissions, we have a lot of opportunity to make significant impact.”

Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in Princeton’s “2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey,” 61 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college, said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. 

(A complete report on that survey is at

Both Champlain students and the studies they pursue are “professional” and “career minded,” and name Champlain’s “high job placement rate” as a primary reason for choosing the college. Students love the “small class sizes,” which “allows for a more personalized educational experience, where students are seen as unique individuals instead of numbers.”- Princeton Review

“We strongly recommend the schools in this guide to environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” Franek said.

The Princeton Review developed the ranking list using data from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

Recently, Champlain was named by Princeton Review as the #15 Top Undergraduate School for Video Game Design in the nation. Champlain is also included in “The Best 379 Colleges: 2015 Edition” published by the Princeton Review. That ranking is based on surveys of 130,000 students attending these schools. Students rate everything from their financial aid to on-campus food. You can see the complete list at