Mills College Featured in The Princeton Review’s Annual Guide to Green Colleges for Fifth Year
Oakland, CA–April 18, 2014 Mills College has been selected as one of the greenest colleges in the nation by The Princeton Review for the fifth consecutive year. Released just days before the celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition recognizes Mills as one of the most eco-friendly colleges in the country based on the school’s performance as an environmentally aware and responsible institution. Mills received a Green Rating of 98 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 332 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 reports that a school’s level of environmental responsibility influences a student’s decision to apply to or attend the school. Rob Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review, noted, "Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in our 2014 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school. To all students seeking to study and live at 'green' colleges, we strongly recommend these schools.”
In addition to offering degrees in environmental science and environmental studies, Mills is noted in the guide for an ongoing commitment to 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. The on-campus Botanic Garden is a living laboratory and the community garden grows organic produce which is sourced to the campus dining halls. 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 environmental responsibility integral to our strategic plan and provides students with a variety of opportunities to be active participants in issues of 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 five 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 1,000 undergraduate women and 600 graduate women and men. The College has been named one of the Best 378 Colleges in the country 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 www.mills.edu.