It's not always easy trying to go green for some colleges and universities, but at Colorado State University it's no problem at all.

In fact, the college in Fort Collins recently earned a perfect score on the Princeton Review 2022 Green College Honor Roll, validating their hard work and efforts put towards sustainability and environmental awareness.

This is CSU's eighth consecutive year making the list, but that's because the college is committed to supporting ongoing sustainability efforts.

A total of 835 colleges were ranked on a scale of 60-99, with the latter number representing a perfect score. To determine the annual honor roll scores, a panel of Princeton experts reviewed answers to key questions for each institution individually. These questions included things like food expenditures, transportation initiatives, advancing sustainability on campus, new buildings being LEED-certified, the waste-diversion rate, environmental studies programs, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, renewable energy, and full-time sustainability staffing. The green rating score is a comprehensive measure of each school's performance as an environmentally aware and prepared institution.

Some examples of how CSU implements these kinds of initiatives are through academia that addresses topics such as climate change, pandemic disease, and loss of biodiversity, as well as through special programs that aim to reduce food waste, and by making commitments to reach the ultimate goal of using 100% renewable electricity by 2030.

The institutions that earned a perfect ranking included 23 American universities and four Canadian colleges. CSU was the only school in Colorado to make the list. A few of the other educational establishments in the nation to get perfect scores were Arizona State University, Stanford University, and the University of San Diego.

Take a deeper look into the Princeton Review's methodology here.

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