Kaplan Releases New College Guide 2009 Featuring 25 Green Colleges and 10 Hot Green...

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Kaplan Releases New College Guide 2009 Featuring 25 Green Colleges and 10 Hot
Green Careers
Book Provides Roadmap for Students Interested in Sustainability

NEW YORK, Aug. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Today's students are going green and the
move towards a sustainable future is impacting many of their decisions,
including college and career choices. In recognition of this movement, Kaplan,
a premier provider of education services for more than 70 years, has focused
its new Kaplan College Guide 2009 for the first time on environmentally
responsible schools and green careers.
    Released today, the Guide, produced by Kaplan Publishing, features 25
green private and public colleges from across the nation.  The section
provides students with a look inside the classroom, around campus, and at
student life, while shining a spotlight on what's good for the globe at each
college.  The Guide also profiles 10 hot green careers -- from environmental
engineering to geothermal development -- and includes interviews with
professionals from each.  The green schools and careers profiles are not
rankings. Instead, they give students interested in sustainability and
conservation well-researched ideas and a cross-section of options.
    "Our guide is designed to help students get into schools and prepare for
careers that will enable them to make a meaningful and positive impact on our
planet," said Jason Palmer, contributing editor to the Kaplan College Guide
2009. "We're offering objective information to students who want to be better
global citizens -- not just today, but throughout their lives."
    To develop the Guide, editors gleaned insights on green schools and
professions from a wide array of constituents, including admissions directors,
parents, students, and professionals.  Kaplan reviewed a range of criteria to
formulate its list of 25 green schools. Specific areas examined include:
environmentally responsible campus projects; initiatives and courses offered;
organizations and student groups on campus; and achievements noted in the
Sustainable Endowments Institute's College Sustainability Report Card 2008.
The list highlights schools whose efforts reflect a commitment to long-term
sustainability and to encouraging students to make better choices.
    When compiling the 10 hottest green careers list, Kaplan surveyed the
course of study of hundreds of undergraduate students, then compared
selections against the fastest-growing, most competitive global industries
tracked by the U.S. Department of Labor.
    In addition to in-depth profiles of green colleges and careers, the
792-page guide also has:
    -- Profiles of 25 additional careers. Socially conscious teens interested
in a wide variety of fields, from politics and public service to medicine,
will find sound advice for finding their career path in this guide
    -- Coverage of green organizations for students interested in volunteering
or learning more
    -- A glossary of terms to help students think and speak like
sustainability experts
    -- Profiles of 390 of the most interesting colleges across the country
    Kaplan College Guide 2009, (Kaplan Publishing; August, 2008; $21;
Paperback) will be available in August at neighborhood and online booksellers,
or by calling 800-245-BOOK.

    The 25 green schools (alpha order) are:

    Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ
    Bates College, Lewiston, ME
    Berea College, Berea, KY
    Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME
    Carleton College, Northfield, MN
    Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
    College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
    Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
    Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA
    Duke University, Durham, NC
    Grand Valley State University, Allendale, MI
    Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
    Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
    Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH
    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
    Penn State University, University Park, PA
    Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
    Tufts University, Medford, MA
    University of California, UC system
    University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
    University of Vermont, Burlington, VT
    University of Washington, Seattle, WA
    Yale University, New Haven, CT

    The 10 hot green careers are:

    Environmental conservation
    Environmental design
    Environmental engineering
    Environmental science
    Geothermal development
    Green interior design
    Organic agriculture
    Solar energy engineering
    Transportation systems planning

    About Kaplan Publishing
    Kaplan Publishing is one of the nation's leading publishers of academic
and professional development resources, including a recently expanded trade
program that includes non-fiction narratives that not only educate but
entertain. Kaplan Publishing offers proven test preparation and admissions
strategies for students everywhere, as well as practical advice,
thought-provoking insights, and inspiring stories for the general reader.
Kaplan Publishing is a unit of Kaplan, Inc., a subsidiary of The Washington
Post Company (NYSE: WPO).  www.kaplanpublishing.com
    Press contact: Jennifer Leckstrom, jleckstrom@rosecomm.com, 215-681-0770
SOURCE  Kaplan Publishing

Jennifer Leckstrom, +1-215-681-0770, jleckstrom@rosecomm.com, for Kaplan
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