Two Sullivan Foundation partner schools—Catawba College in Salisbury, N.C. and Guilford College in Greensboro, N.C.—have been ranked in the Princeton Review’s 2020 list of the Top 50 Green Colleges in the U.S.

As a group, the top 50 schools have compelling statistics with respect to their commitment to sustainability, the Princeton Review explained on its website. All totaled, 21 percent of their total food purchases come from local sources and/or are organic, while 49 percent of their waste is diverted from incinerators or solid-waste landfills.

Additionally, 98 percent of the schools on the list offer a sustainability-focused undergraduate major or degree and 100 percent have a sustainability officer.

In roundup articles about why each school made the list, The Princeton Review quoted the students themselves. Catawba College’s students praised their school for its commitment to environmental sustainability. They also noted its 189-acre Fred Stanback Jr. Ecological Preserve, which serves as an outdoor classroom for professors and a relaxing place for getting back to nature.

Students said Guilford College was famous for its “accepting culture” and is “a place where you can express yourself free from judgment.”

“The Quaker college is known for being green (to put it mildly),” the Guilford report continued, “and the administration works to raise ‘student and individual awareness of the environment and everyday life through education and service learning.’”

The Princeton Review, headquartered in New York City, offers tutoring, test preparation and college admission services. It published its 11th annual Guide to Green Colleges in October, which was celebrated worldwide as Campus Sustainability Month.

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