Cornell scales Princeton Review’s green pantheon

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Cornell ascends new environmental heights, by scoring a 99 – the highest possible score – in the just-released 2014 Green Honor Roll, the Princeton Review’s environmental ratings. Out of 832 colleges, only 22 colleges obtained the highest score.

The Review provided kudos to Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Green Big Red students can choose from more than 300 sustainability courses and 28 majors, and the Review cited the university’s plan for carbon neutrality by 2050. Cornell has reduced carbon emissions by 25 percent since burning coal here got its last lumps in 2011.

Get on the bus, Gus: The Review loved our award-winning transportation system and the new Big Red Bikes bike-share program.

We recycle or compost 63 percent of campus waste, and we’ve got over 35 active ecologically minded student groups, like Greeks Go Green, Cornell University Sustainable Design and the Dilmun Hill Organic Farm.

Just walking through the Cornell Plantations leaves little wonder why the Review said, “Cornell considers itself a caretaker of the natural environment.”