The University of New Mexico is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review's Green Guide. The well-known education services company selected UNM for inclusion in the just-released second annual edition of its free downloadable book, "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition."

Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges" is the only free, comprehensive guidebook profiling institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges that the Company polled in 2011 about their school's sustainability initiatives.

Released on April 17, days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats, and write-ups reporting on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at Green Guide.

The Schools Were Chosen for the Book from a survey The Princeton Review conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual "Green Rating" scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company tallied Green Ratings for 768 institutions in summer 2011. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment.

UNM joins the ranks of outstanding universities and colleges nationwide that are leading the "green" movement through their own special programs and initiatives.

"Sustainability is a core value at the University of New Mexico and we have been proponents of energy conservation long before the term ‘sustainability' was coined. UNM has one of the first Sustainability Studies program in the country and its students are valuable contributors to our efforts, including starting a campus community garden and launching an energy conservation awareness campaign," said Mary Clark, Program Specialist in the UNM Office of Sustainability. "In addition to award winning recycling and alternative transportation programs, UNM is a leader in innovative research and practices in indigenous design and planning, biofuels, solar energy, and food shed assessment."

"A green campus can transform the college experience for students through enhanced sustainability education and by creating healthy living and learning environments all while saving energy, water and money as part of an institution's bottom line," said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. "We launched the Center for Green Schools at USGBC with a vision of green schools for all within this generation. Partnering with The Princeton Review to provide this invaluable resource to college-bound students was a no-brainer for helping to create transformational change on these campuses."

The Princeton Review first created this one-of-a-kind resource for college-bound students in 2010 with the U.S. Green Building Council, which is best known for developing the LEED standard for green building certification. In the fall of 2010, USGBC launched its Center for Green Schools to increase its efforts to drive change in how campuses and schools are designed, constructed and operated so that all educational facilities can enhance student learning experiences.

"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president / publisher, The Princeton Review. "Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' nearly 7 out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he added. "Together with USGBC, we are pleased to make this free resource available to all students seeking to attend colleges that practice, teach and support environmentally-responsible choices. To that end, we highly recommend the terrific schools in this book."

(Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide hierarchically (1 to 322) according to their Green Rating scores, nor does it include those scores in this book's school profiles). Information about The Princeton Review's Green Rating methodology and its "Green Honor Roll" list saluting schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at Princeton Review Green.