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ASU Named One of the Country's "Greenest Universities," Causing ASU Officials to Flip-Flop on Validity of Princeton Review Polls

ASU's lush "Palm Walk" at the Tempe Campus
ASU's lush "Palm Walk" at the Tempe Campus

After Arizona State Univeristy's fall from grace as one of the top party schools in the country, the Sun Devils have been bestowed a different honor, only it's not nearly as fun.

This time,everyone's favorite obnoxious little buzz-word's in play: "green." And ASU's one of the "greenest," according to a survey released by the Princeton Review. ASU made the "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll," a distinction created by the Review last year, and shares top billing with schools like Yale and Harvard as one of the most eco-aware schools in the country.

"The 'green' movement on college campuses is far more than an Earth Day-recycling project," says Robert Franek, Review vice president and publisher. "It is growing tremendously among students and administrators alike."


The survey polled students on hundreds of college campuses to see how "green" they are, and analyzed the universities' environmental policies to come up with a rating of what schools were most the most eco-friendly.

"Arizona State University is honored by this recognition," says Rob Melnick, executive dean of the Global Institute of Sustainability.

But that wasn't the story last week, when an ASU official said the university had little faith in the Princeton Review's polling "methodology."


"Arizona State University does not find the rankings, or subjective portion, of the Princeton Review's 'Best 371 Colleges' credible. The methodology is not based on fact or scientific methodology; it is based on opinion... therefore, the subjective portion of the ranking is not an accurate perception of the academic and social environment at ASU."


Make up your minds about whether you're going to buy this outfit's polls or not!  Whether ASU's drunk or "green," shoot for consistency.

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