Entrance to the University of San Diego business school at Olin Hall. Courtesy USD

The Princeton Review included four San Diego County campuses in the 2018 edition of its guide to the most environmentally friendly and sustainable colleges and universities in the world.

The college preparation company listed San Diego State University, Cal State San Marcos, UC San Diego and the University of San Diego among 399 “green” colleges.

The list mostly comprises U.S. universities, but Princeton Review included 13 Canadian schools and one each in Egypt and Greece, as well.

The University of San Diego was the only school to make the company’s list of the top 50 green colleges.

“We are proud to have published this guide since 2010, but we are particularly pleased to release our 2018 edition at this time as October has been designated National Campus Sustainability Month,” said Princeton Review Editor-in-Chief Robert Franek. “To all students wanting to study and live at a green college, we strongly recommend the outstanding schools we identify and profile in this guide.”

The company selects campuses for the list using scores for more than 25 data categories regarding each school’s environmental sustainability-related policies, programs and departments. Princeton Review chose the 399 schools from a pool of 648 it took data from earlier this summer. The top 50 list was ranked using the main list’s survey data and data from a survey of students at each school.

“Sustainability is a cornerstone of SDSU and the entire campus community is dedicated to being a leader in sustainability because we understand why it is so important,” said SDSU Associated Students President Christopher Thomas.

Maine’s College of the Atlantic leads the top 50 list, with the State University of New York College of Enviromental Science and Forestry, University of Vermont, Dickinson College and St. Mary’s College of Maryland rounding out the top five.

— City News Service

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