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Princeton Review Lists UM in Top Green Colleges Guide

For the third consecutive year, the Princeton Review saluted The University of Montana as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges.”

UM made “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” which profiles 322 institutions of higher education in the United States and Canada that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.

UM’s profile opens with the fact that since UM and Missoula are “nearly surrounded by a national forest, it makes sense that conservation would be a way of life here.” It notes the Environmental Studies Program and various programs in the College of Forestry and Conservation. It also cites student environmental groups, such as Climate Action Now and Forum for Living with Appropriate Technology, which maintains an experiential learning home to demonstrate the practicality of sustainable living.

It also acknowledges UM’s Farm to College program, which is dedicated to supporting the local economy and Montana’s farming heritage by purchasing more food locally.

“Once again UM is recognized for creating a campus that conserves the natural resources we all depend on,” said Cherie Peacock, UM sustainability coordinator. “The work under way provides students the opportunity to understand connections between people and the natural environment.”

UM also facilitates a two-day summer workshop called Green Thread that helps faculty connect sustainability issues to core concepts in their own discipline with the goal of infusing issues of ecological, social and economic sustainability into courses across the UM curriculum.

“Programs like Farm-to-College and Green Thread infuse sustainability throughout the curriculum and everyday life at UM,” Peacock said.

The 232-page book is the only free, comprehensive, annually updated guide to green colleges and is created in collaboration with the U.S. Green Building Council. The complete guide can be downloaded at or