Biola Named One of Nation’s Greenest Colleges

Apr. 17, 2013 By Jenna Bartlo

LA MIRADA, CALIF. — Biola University is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the United States and Canada, according to The Princeton Review’s newly released “Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition.” Published on April 16 in advance of Earth Day, the guide recognizes Biola for its commitment to the environment, sustainability and having notable green initiatives.


“Biola is accelerating toward a highly sustainable university life, with both students and administration participating in securing a green future for the campus,” according to the guide’s profile of Biola’s green efforts.

The Princeton Review selected schools for the guide based on a 50-question survey conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges and universities. The organization analyzed data about course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure schools’ commitment to the environment and sustainability.


In addition to recycling efforts around campus, other efforts highlighted in the guide are Biola’s green initiatives, commuter incentive programs and commitment to clean power. The guide also notes Biola’s environmental science major, student-run environmental club and Creation Stewardship Committee, which reviews and assesses environmental measures on campus and makes recommendations to the administration.

“Biola has made a commitment to operate in ways that demonstrate good and faithful stewardship of God's creation as well as the financial resources that have been entrusted to us,” said Brian Phillips, Biola’s senior director of facilities management. “It was a real encouragement to learn that the university has been acknowledged by the Princeton Review for efforts in this important area.”

The 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind. It can be downloaded at and


The 322 school profiles in the guide feature facts and statistics on school demographics, admission and financial aid, plus write-ups on schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A “Green Facts” sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the schools’ use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.


Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology can be found at

For further information on Biola and environmental stewardship, watch Biola’s “Ask the Experts: Energy and the Environment” video series and read Biola Magazine’s 2008 article “The Greening of Evangelicals.”

Read more about Biola’s environmental science major.

For more information, contact Jenna Bartlo at 562.777.4061 or


  • Prasad Aug. 18, 2014 at 5:25 AM

    Wow . . . Congrats ! It is very nice to read that Boila is selected as most eco-friendly college.

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