LSU Recognized as an Environmentally Responsible College

Spring GreeningBATON ROUGE – LSU has been recognized an environmentally responsible college, according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features LSU in the 2017 edition of “The Princeton Review Guide to 375 Green Colleges.”

Published in September, the ranking can be accessed at The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its “green guide” based on data from the company's 2016-17 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools’ commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“Campus Sustainability works directly with students, faculty and staff to educate and raise awareness of sustainability issues; increase recycling rates; decrease energy usage; and reduce the carbon footprint of the university. LSU’s ranking on this list for the past several years shows that our campus is dedicated to being good stewards of campus resources,” said Tammy Millican, executive director of facility and property oversight.

In the past several years, LSU has won several national and state-level sustainability awards and designations, including:

  • Placing first in the National GameDay Recycling Challenge in the “total tons recycled” category in both 2015 and 2016;
  • Designation as a 2017 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools Postsecondary Sustainability Awardee;
  • Designation as a “Bicycle Friendly University” at the Silver Level by the League of American Bicyclists in 2016;
  • Awarded Environmental Leadership Awards for Pollution Prevention from the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality, or LDEQ, in 2010, 2011, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

LSU’s Sustainability Strategic Plan includes goals related to increasing energy efficiency, improving waste diversion rates, expanding alternative transportation options and implementing sustainable procurement policies. In addition, LSU’s Student Government approved an initiative for green/sustainability projects in 2016, which has gone to fund such things as sending students to a sustainable agriculture conference, and supporting a student-run farm and farmer’s market.

The profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 375 Green Colleges provide information about each school’s admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

“We strongly recommend Louisiana State University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges,” said The Princeton Review’s Robert Franek.

Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges.

“Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2017 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college.” A complete report on that survey is at

The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, “The Best 382 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back.”

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide
The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on “Green Rating” scores (from 60 to 99) that the company tallied in summer 2017 for 629 colleges using data from its 2016-17 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. Most of the schools in this edition are in the U.S., 12 are in Canada and one is in Egypt. Information about Princeton Review’s Green Rating and its Green Honor Roll saluting schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99, is at



Contact Ernie Ballard
LSU Media Relations