Hollins University is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
The education services company features Hollins in its online resource, The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition, which is accessible for free.
The Princeton Review chose the schools in the guide based on its survey of administrators at 713 colleges during the 2021-22 academic year and surveys of students attending the colleges. Data from the student survey included student assessments of the influence of sustainability issues on their academic and campus experiences; administrator and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups on the campus. The company editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points to select the 455 schools chosen for guide.
“We strongly recommend Hollins to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to ideally be a green one,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “Hollins demonstrates an exemplary commitment to sustainability and to green practices – and it offers excellent academic programs.”
The school profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges report on the colleges’ uses of renewable energy, their recycling and conservation programs, the availability of environmental studies in their academic offerings, and their career guidance for green jobs.
In 2007 Hollins became a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Agreement, documented its greenhouse gas emissions, and subsequently developed a plan for reducing campus carbon emissions. Hollins is committed to renewable energy initiatives and has initiated projects to promote sustainable practices, including adopting campus-wide conservation guidelines and a recycling program, installing geothermal wells with new construction, and establishing a Green Revolving Fund to implement additional cost-effective energy conservation projects. Hollins also maintains growing academic programs in environmental studies (B.A.) and environmental science (B.S.).