The Original Resource for Green and Making A Difference Colleges
When green colleges and sustainability weren't even on the radar, between 1992 and 2008, I published 10 editions of Making A Difference College Guide. Several years the Guide included graduate programs. My 1996 edition was proudly published by Princeton Review, as their first attempt at a green college guide. I also published three editions of the well received Making A Difference Scholarships Guide. Our website, the first and only one dedicated to these distinctive green colleges was launched in 2003.
About Miriam Weinstein and Her Work:
In the early 90's I began the the college search journey with my oldest child. As someone deeply committed to the environment, to living sustainably and with strong interests in social responsibility, my search had a different flavor than most. I wanted more than a "business as usual" education for my children, I wanted one that would encourage them to be engaged citizens, with the knowledge and tools to make a difference. I wanted green colleges. No one I knew was aware of any such colleges. No college counselors discussed them. No college guides wrote about them. I developed my own criteria and searched diligently -- no easy feat before the days of the web! Two of my children attended colleges I discovered during my research.
At the same time, I was seeking deeply meaningful work which could make a profound difference for a better future for my children, as well as all life on earth. A year's meditation fruited one morning upon awakening - I could publish a college guide focused on environmental / "green" colleges. This would enable a ripple effect, as committed young people graduated and went out into the world to make a difference. The entire book coalesced within one hour. Over the next years the doors quickly opened for me. At the time, I was a single mother, with no computer and no knowledge of how to use one. Nor had I a background in publishing, education or research. I was armed solely with a vision and dedication. In short, I became a self-taught expert on green and socially responsible colleges.
I quickly realized that, at the time, a guide to green colleges would have only been a pamphlet - there were so few of them! I expanded my concept to include "making a difference" colleges - those with unique concerns for social responsibility, colleges with a strong emphasis upon peace and social justice and the "alternative" colleges. I learned about 'work colleges' and religious colleges with strong social concerns. I investigated "pedagogy" - the art and science of teaching, and sought institutions offering holistic learning. I studied curricula and extra-curricular options, looked for vegetarian meals (a rarity back then), organic gardens (another rarity) and (rarest of all at the time) green buildings. The colleges responded enthusiastically, and Making A Difference College Guide took form.
Over the years, I worked with a carefully chosen board of advisers consisting of college advisors, educators and administrators from non-profit organizations to oversee the choices and decision making process.
One early edition of the Guide was published by Princeton Review. Several editions were also published by New Society Publishers, a mid-size progressive publishing house.
This has been my life's work, and my offering to the well being of our dear planet, and all it's inhabitants, human, animal and plants. I am deeply pleased if I can serve you.