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

Oakland, CA–April 17, 2013 Mills College is proud to announce it was selected as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada by The Princeton Review. Released just days before the April 22 celebration of the 43rd 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. Mills received a Green Rating of 97 out of a possible 99.

Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. 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 interest among college-bound students in issues of sustainability and says that a school’s level of environmental responsibility influences a student’s 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 the waste diversion rate to the percentage of the 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 the College has an ongoing 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 USGBC, and the Betty Irene Moore Natural Sciences Building received a platinum certification 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.

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 the school runs a web-based car pool system for students making longer trips.

Additionally, Mills students and faculty act as stewards of 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.

“Mills has made a campus‐wide commitment to provide students with a variety of opportunities to be active participants in issues of environmental sustainability,” said Renée Jadushlever, chief of staff and vice president for operations at Mills. “From residence halls and classrooms to dining facilities and social activities, the campus is a learning laboratory in which students can discover and improve on the relationships between the environment and their daily decisions.”

Mills has been featured in The Princeton Review’s annual green guide each year since the guide’s inception four 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 600 graduate women and men. The College ranks as one of the Best 377 Colleges in the country and one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review. U.S. 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


Last Updated: 4/17/13