For the fifth consecutive year, University of Portland was named to the Green Ratings list created by research from U.S. Green Building Council and The Princeton Review.
Oregon colleges on the 2014 list also include Lewis & Clark College, Linfield College, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University and the University of Oregon.
Since 2009, The Princeton Reviews guide analyzes 832 colleges in the United States and Canada, comparing the sustainability of campuses. Naming 320 schools, UP, PSU and UO are in the top 10. PSU and Lewis and Clark were among 22 who made the honor roll, receiving the highest possible score of 99. It is Lewis and Clarks first year on the Princeton Reviews guide.
To rank universities, Princeton sends a survey to administrators asking about sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.
UPs Donald P. Shiley Hall received a platinum LEED rating for the buildings high-efficiency heating, ventilation, green rooftop, cooling system that uses well water and occupancy sensors. UP has three other LEED-certified buildings on campus: student dining hall Bauccio Commons and dormitories Fields Hall and Schoenfeldt Hall.
UP has a student-led organic garden that provides food for students and local families. The college also has reduced food waste in the dining halls by 70 percent through a composting plan.
The university plans to be carbon-neutral by 2020.
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