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Mills College Featured in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges

Oakland, CA–April 19, 2012 Mills College is proud to announce it has been selected as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the US and Canada by The Princeton Review. Released just days before the April 22 celebration of the 42nd anniversary of Earth Day, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges recognizes Mills as one of the greenest colleges in the nation based on the school’s performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution.

Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the US Green Building Council (USGBC), The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities, and career preparation.

The Princeton Review guide reports that college-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues and says that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment influences their decision to apply to or attend the school.

College applicants using the guide will find information on the schools' environmentally related policies, practices, and academic offerings. From solar panel study rooms to the percentage of budget spent on local/organic food, the guide looks at an institutions’ commitment to building certification using USGBC's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources; recycling and conservation programs, and much more.

In its profile of Mills, the guide notes that it has a long-standing commitment to responsible environmental stewardship and is strongly invested in sustainable campus practices. The Lorry I. Lokey Graduate School of Business building has been awarded LEED gold certification by the US Green Building Council and the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building received a platinum distinction in 2007, becoming the first building in Oakland to earn this distinction.

Mills sustainability efforts extend beyond green construction and the college has integrated sustainability into every aspect of living and learning on campus. As the guide points out, Mills reuses or recycles more than 60 percent of its waste, and is aiming to improve that number to 100 percent. Mills has also initiated a Climate Action Plan with a commitment to reduce greenhouse gasses by 15 percent over the next five years.

The guide also notes that public transportation is central to life on campus. In an effort to increase campus sustainability, the campus shuttle connects students with local transit and in 2009, Mills began offering AC Transit passes to all undergraduate students. The school also runs a web-based carpool system for students making longer trips and participates in a car-share program that allows students to reserve a vehicle for limited use.

Additionally, Mills students and faculty act as stewards to local ecosystems. The school is restoring two bodies of water on campus, Leona Creek and Lake Aliso, and hosts an annual Creek to Bay Day to raise awareness of environmental issues on campus and around Oakland. A student group, Earth CORPS, works with the administration to lead environmental initiatives on campus. Earth CORPS organized the Trayless Dining Days campaign that eventually led to a fully trayless campus, significantly reducing food waste.

“The College has made a campus‐wide commitment to provide students with many opportunities to become involved in and engaged with the broad issues of environmental sustainability in their residence halls, classrooms, and social activities,” said Renée Jadushlever, chief of staff and vice president for operations at Mills. “The campus is a learning laboratory in which students can study and discover the interrelationships between the environment and their lives.”

Mills has been featured in The Princeton Review’s annual green guide each year since its inception three years ago.

About Mills College
Nestled in the foothills of Oakland, California, Mills College is a nationally renowned, independent liberal arts college offering a dynamic progressive education that fosters leadership, social responsibility, and creativity in approximately 950 undergraduate women and more than 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 376 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. US News & World Report ranked Mills one of the top-tier regional universities in the country and lists it among the top colleges and universities in the West in the “Great Schools, Great Prices” category. For more information, visit www.mills.edu.

Last Updated: 4/19/12