Harvard received stellar reviews this week in the second-annual list of the "311 Greenest Colleges" released by The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Based on a survey of school administrators conducted last year, the guide evaluated each college on its commitment to sustainability goals. In particular, criteria included energy consumption, carbon footprint, budget for locally grown food, waste diversion rate, and the presence of environmentally-focused student groups on campus.
While it did not include a hierarchical ranking of schools, the list gave honorable mention to Harvard and 17 other colleges for achieving a "Green Rating" of 99 out of 100.
"I think the recognition is well deserved," said Kurt Tsuo '11, co-captain of the Resource Efficiency Program on campus. "The University has done a lot to reduce its environmental impact and stick by its 2008 goal to reduce carbon emissions."