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Grand Valley named a 'Green College' for sixth year

  • A student harvests and prepares produce at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

Posted on April 16, 2015

Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the sixth year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges: 2015 Edition.”

Released just prior to the April 22 celebration of the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the guide profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. that demonstrate exemplary commitments to sustainability. 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. Nearly 900 schools were surveyed to be included in the guide.

Schools are chosen based on their 2014 Green Rating scores (of 60 to 99); schools with scores of 83 or higher made it into the guide. 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. In 2014, Grand Valley was recognized at the United National University 2014 Global RCE Conference for preparing students for the workforce by teaching sustainability skill sets. Also in 2014, the Sierra Club ranked the university 58th out of 173 schools as one of the country’s greenest universities. In 2015, Grand Valley maintained its status as being one of 75 in the country to receive gold status after completing a sustainability program developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. 

For more information, contact the Office of Sustainability Practices at or (616) 331-7366.