Skip to main content

GV Now

Grand Valley named 'Green College' for fourth year

  • Students tend to plants at Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Posted on April 16, 2013

Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the fourth year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.”

Released just prior to the April 22 celebration of the 43rd anniversary of Earth Day, the guide profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in campus infrastructure, activities, programs and initiatives. Areas of evaluation included the university’s commitment to building at LEED standards, environmental programs, the use of renewable energy resources and recycling and conservation programs.

Grand Valley has been included in the guidebook every year since the first issue was published in 2010. View the guidebook here.

This is the latest recognition Grand Valley has received for its sustainability efforts. Grand Valley became the only university in the state and one of 45 in the country to receive gold status after completing a sustainability program developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Sierra Club ranked the university 16th out of 96 schools as one of the country’s greenest universities in 2012.

For more information, contact the Sustainable Community Development Initiative at or (616) 331-7366.

Recent Articles

more articles