Southern Oregon University has been named one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. The education services company features SOU in the 2016 edition of its free book, "The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges."

The free, 160-page guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.

The Princeton Review chose the schools in the seventh annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.

“We are thrilled to be featured again in the Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges,” Roxane Beigel-Coryell, SOU’s sustainability and recycling coordinator, said in a release. “SOU continues to develop as a leader among green schools due to the innovative and sustainable solutions initiated by our students. Inclusion in this guide introduces prospective students to a campus where they can be true change makers and sustainability leaders, while living and playing in the beauty of the Rogue Valley.”

The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

The Princeton Review gave SOU a Green Rating of 97 out of a possible 99, and cited SOU’s location and commitment to the environment.

“Surrounded by snow-capped mountains, whitewater rivers, and some of the most beautiful and diverse ecosystems in the world, students at Southern Oregon University (SOU) are reminded every day of the magnificence of nature," the Review said. "... SOU’s Climate Action Plan promises a carbon-neutral campus by 2050.”

The Princeton Review also highlighted SOU’s academic programs focusing on sustainability. “SOU’s new Green House learning community offers students in all majors a unique and innovative approach to education. The Green House promotes active learning by taking students out of the classroom to learn about sustainability through hands-on projects and site visits, on campus and throughout the region.”

The Princeton Review chose the colleges based on "Green Rating" scores from 60 to 99 that the company tallied in summer 2016 for 640 colleges using data from its 2015-16 survey of school administrators. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide. Most of the schools (350) in the edition are in the U.S. Ten are in Canada. One is in Egypt.