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slides: Lewis & Clark Tops Princeton Review “Greenest” College List

Friday, April 17, 2015


Lewis & Clark College ranked number 1 in the Princeton Review's ranking of the 353 most environmentally responsible colleges and universities

"This honor is validation of the progress we make when we work together in common purpose," said Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner. "Throughout our three schools, from our facilities to our academic offerings--including our top-ranked program in environmental law--we integrate research, learning, and action. At Lewis & Clark, we're always building on our strengths." 


Princeton Review, known for its tutoring services and college rankings features, added up the scores for 861 colleges this year. Data was used from their 2013-14 institutional survey, as well as student surveys that asked about each school's sustainability-related practices, policies, and academic offerings. Results included student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus, administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts, and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups. 

"I'm incredibly proud of my Lewis & Clark colleagues for the creativity, ingenuity, and thoughtfulness they bring to our sustainability efforts every day," said Janice Weis, associate dean of Lewis & Clark Law School, chair of the Lewis & Clark Sustainability Council, and director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Program. 

"Lewis & Clark is a stellar example of an institutional commitment to sustainability," said the Princeton Review's Senior Vice President and Publisher Rob Franek. "From their focus on fundamentals--including resource efficiency and conservation--to their many initiatives that have engaged campus-wide support for sustainability, Lewis & Clark's faculty, staff, students, and alumni really do live their rallying cry, 'Earth Day, Every Day.'" 

The Lewis & Clark community will celebrate with an event and reception on Earth Day, which takes place Wednesday, April 22. Confirmed guests include Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Warm Springs Tribal Chief Delvis Heath, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, trustees, faculty, alumni, and neighbors. 


Related Slideshow: Greenest Colleges in the Pacific Northwest

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

Enrollment: 23,070

From the moment you arrive on the campus of Washington State, you sense that the university is a “tight-knit community.” In turn, this helps to foster a “friendly atmosphere” and “great spirit,” both of which permeate the school. 

Photo courtesy of Washington State University website.

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University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, Washington 

Enrollment: 2,541

The University of Puget Sound is “the ideal learning environment with plenty of opportunity for both academic and personal growth.” Students are encouraged to “branch out and go beyond their comfort zone in class and outside of class.”

Photo Courtesy of Puget Sound Website 

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Oregon State University

Corvallis, Oregon

Enrollment: 23,161

Oregon State University is a spirited, science-driven school, says a bioengineering major. Students at OSU enjoy the "exceptional 'green living' education" on campus.

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University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

Enrollment: 29,754

Ranked the 15th best university in the world*, the UW is home to a renowned medical center and top-ranked programs in medicine, engineering, nursing, law, business and social work. 

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Willamette University

Salem, Oregon

Enrollment: 2,375

Traditional academics are strong at Willamette, but perhaps what stands out most is that “learning opportunities outside of the classroom are endless.” 

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Portland State University

Portland, Oregon

Enrollment: 23,170

Portland State University’s motto is “let knowledge serve the city,” and students echo this philosophy, saying their school “has a strong focus on civic engagement and sustainability.”

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Lewis & Clark 

Portland, Oregon

Enrollment: 2,179

On a stunning campus in one of the most exciting and progressive cities anywhere, the next generation of global thinkers gathers to discard conventional thinking, civic complacency, and outmoded preconceptions.


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