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Kennesaw State University named to The Princeton Review’s Green Colleges Guide

April 23, 2014

Kennesaw State University has been named one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. This is the fourth consecutive year that the University has been named to the annual edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges.”

Kennesaw State’s LEED-certified buildings and its farm-to-campus program are highlighted in the guide. The guide also notes other KSU initiatives such as graywater from the Central Parking Deck used to water campus landscaping, motion detectors for lighting in classrooms and meeting rooms, alternative transportation and increased recycling efforts on campus.

“Being included in this green guide for the fourth straight year showcases the efforts that we’ve made in the areas of energy conservation, green buildings and our farm-to-campus program,” said Robert C. Paul, director of sustainability at Kennesaw State and professor of biology. “This reflects a strong commitment to sustainability on the part of KSU’s facilities, transportation and culinary personnel, in addition to that of our faculty and students.”

Kennesaw State also offers an undergraduate degree within the interdisciplinary studies program with an emphasis on environmental science or environmental policy. Other highlights include:

  • Prillaman Hall and The Commons have Green Building Council LEED Gold certification.
  • The Social Sciences Building is LEED Silver certified.
  • The Commons dining facility has water- and energy-saving features including food wastes that are composted and oil waste that is sold as a biodiesel source.
  • The farm-to-campus program provides fresh fruits, vegetables and honey from the University’s three farms, which are used daily for dining services.

Kennesaw State is one of seven Georgia colleges named to “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges,” which is produced in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), with support from United Technologies Corp., founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

The Princeton Review chose the 332 listed schools based on a 50-question survey of administrators at four-year institutions. The survey asked about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure the schools’ commitment to sustainability and the environment. 

This is the fifth edition of the green guide, a free comprehensive resource for prospective college students. It can be downloaded at and

The guide profiles 330 schools in the U.S. and two in Canada and provides essential information for college applicants: facts and statistics on school demographics; admission and financial aid information; and the colleges’ specific sustainability initiatives.  A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the colleges’ use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.


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