Catholic colleges make grade for green efforts

More than 20 Catholic colleges were recognized for their green efforts in this year’s “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges 2013 Edition.”

Solar house built by Santa Clara University students.(CNS photo)

Solar house built by Santa Clara University students. (CNS photo)

The 215-page guide profiles colleges and universities in the U.S. — and two in Canada — that are offering courses in sustainability and practicing what they preach by their on-campus efforts.

The honored schools are reducing waste, using renewable resources, encouraging carpools and  bike sharing, using locally-produced foods and designing energy-efficient campus buildings.

Twelve Jesuit-run colleges made the list: Boston College; College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass.; Creighton University, Omaha, Neb; Georgetown University in Washington; Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles; Loyola University Chicago; Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore; Marquette University in Milwaukee; Santa Clara University in California; Seattle University; and Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Other Catholic colleges on the list included: Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Mich.; The Catholic University of America in Washington; DePaul University in Chicago; Duquesne University in Pittsburgh; St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vt.; St. John’s University in Jamaica, N.Y.; University of Portland, Ore.; University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind.; and Villanova University in Pennsylvania.

To put together this list, the Princeton Review partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council, the nonprofit organization best known for developing the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEED, green building rating system.