Drew’s arboretum serves as a living laboratory.
Drew’s arboretum serves as a living laboratory.

The University is among the top 361 environmentally friendly schools.

The EC Food Court provides bins from TerraCycle, which recycles what it collects.
The EC Food Court provides bins from TerraCycle, which recycles what it collects.

October 2016 – Drew University remains a green school.

For the sixth straight year, the University is included in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

Drew offers car and bike-sharing programs.
Drew offers car and bike-sharing programs.

We strongly recommend Drew University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review.

The schools emerged from a broader pool of 640 colleges that Princeton Review surveyed during the summer. The survey asked about sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment.

The company gave Drew a green rating of 86 on a scale of 60 to 99. Among the school’s greenest features? Dedicating a chunk of the food budget to local and organic foods, providing transportation alternatives like bike- and car-sharing programs and having a sustainability committee and sustainability officer.

In addition, Drew has an arboretum that serves as a laboratory for students enrolled in its Environmental Studies and Sustainability program. The program incorporates a science option, an environmental justice initiative and a center for geographic information systems. It also fosters collaboration with other departments on sustainability research projects.

Princeton Review sees a growing interest among college-bound students in green colleges, according to Franek. When the company solicited feedback from students and parents in its 2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decisions about where to apply or enroll.

The green recognition comes after Princeton Review listed Drew among the top schools nationally in three key categories: theatre (7), race/class interaction (8) and being LGBTQ-friendly (18). Drew was also featured among the top third of schools in Washington Monthly’s 2016 Guide to Colleges.