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Sierra Calls HWS “Cool School”

In its September/October 2011 issue, Sierra Magazine ranked Hobart and William Smith 67th in its list of “America’s Coolest Schools,” the fifth annual ranking of the greenest colleges in the United States. The ranking, according to the publication, is “an index that provides comparative information about the most important elements of campus sustainability.”

“I’m tremendously excited by our continued improvement in the survey. This year’s rank reflects Hobart and William Smith’s successful implementation of the Eco-Rep Program and energy conservation efforts,” says James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator for the Colleges. “Ours is a campus wide commitment, and I know that I speak for both the Office of Sustainability and the President’s Climate Task Force when I say that I’m proud of our campus community’s efforts, and excited to build on the solid foundation of environmental successes we put in place last year as we continue to be aggressive in reducing the Colleges’ impact on the environment in this new academic year.”

The magazine sent a 12-page questionnaire to more than 900 schools, requesting detailed information in the areas of energy efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and sustainability initiatives in which the colleges were engaged. Responses were then scored to compile the rankings.

According to the publication, its “ranking acts as a guide for prospective students who seek a way to compare colleges based on commitment to environmentalism. The ranking also serves to spur competition, create aspirational standards, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet.”

The Sierra ranking is among a number of notable mentions the Colleges have received of late. In the area of sustainability, the Colleges were recognized by the Sustainability Endowment Institute last year, when it assigned HWS a grade of B+ in its annual Sustainability Report Card. This year, according to Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” the Colleges are among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education.

SmartMoney recently recognized Hobart and William Smith as an exceptional investment, listing the Colleges as 10th in its ranking of “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries” in the category of private colleges. Hobart and William Smith also are among the best 100 schools in the nation, according to Forbes magazine. The publication named HWS among “America’s Top Colleges,” its annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions.

In addition, HWS were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll last year by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. In recent years, Hobart and William Smith have also been listed in The Princeton Review‘s “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College,” which ranked HWS as one of best institutions for service learning and civic engagement.