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Universities ask green raters to follow eight guidelines

July 20, 2010

Sustainability advocates confront what they see as deficiencies in the survey systems that rate colleges and university on their green programs and practices.

A group of about two dozen colleges and universities have signed an open letter saying that the signatories will work with any green-rating system that adheres to eight principles. 

According to the letter, sustainability-ratings groups should:

  • Have an open scoring process.
  • Be accountable for the information they publish.
  • Disclose the credentials of the people who make evaluations.
  • Consider the diversity of organizations pursuing sustainability.
  • Recognize that some colleges are pursuing long-term projects over short-term ones.
  • Use uniform criteria, consistent with established sustainability measurements.
  • Avoid conflicts of interest.
  • Allow colleges to opt out.

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