Humboldt Recognized as a ‘Green College’

Nov 15, 2022

Cal Poly Humboldt has strong commitments to the environment in its campus policies, programs, and practices, according to The Princeton Review.

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Cal Poly Humboldt has strong commitments to the environment in its campus policies, programs, and practices, according to The Princeton Review.

Cal Poly Humboldt has strong commitments to the environment in its campus policies, programs, and practices, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features Humboldt in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition. Released on October 25, 2022, and accessible for free at princetonreview.com/green-guide, the guide profiles 455 colleges.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for the guide based on data from the company’s surveys of administrators at 713 colleges during the 2021–22 academic year and surveys of students attending the colleges. More than 25 data points were analyzed in the selection of schools for the guide and ranking list.  

From its curriculum and operations to investments, Humboldt has a longstanding commitment to sustainability. In 1987, students created the Graduation Pledge of Social and Environmental Responsibility, which has become a tradition and has been adopted by many universities across the nation. Issues related to sustainability are incorporated into hundreds of classes, and many majors include a focus on the environment or social responsibility. Humboldt was the first public university in California to ban the sale of single-use plastic water bottles on campus and currently offers several alternative transportation options. The Cal Poly Humboldt Foundation also increased its investments in socially and environmentally responsible institutional mutual funds. Humboldt has been recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, earning a STARS Gold rating. For more go to Humboldt’s Office of Sustainability.

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"Since we debuted this project 13 years ago, we have seen an increasing interest among college applicants in attending colleges that are committed to the environment and to green practices,” says Rob Franek, editor in chief of The Princeton Review. Of the 10,400 college applicants participating in The Princeton Review’s 2022 College Hopes & Worries Survey, an overwhelming majority—77%—said information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend the school. “We are proud to shine a light on these schools and to continue serving as a unique resource for students who want their ‘best-fit’ college to also ideally be a green one. We highly recommend each and every one of the colleges in our guide.”

For information, view Humboldt’s profile at princetonreview.com.