Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review. The Colleges were included in the just-released second annual edition of the free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition.”
“This is an exciting time for us, as we celebrate Earth Week, gear up for Earth Day, and just planted more than 70 beautiful new trees on our campus as part of our Tree Campus designation,” says James Landi ’08, sustainability coordinator. “To also be honored as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges recognizes the true campus-wide effort that has taken place over the past several years and the progress we have made to date.”
Created by The Princeton Review in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the guide profiles institutions of higher education that demonstrate a notable commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
Released on April 17, days prior to the April 22 celebration of the 42nd Anniversary of Earth Day, the guide has profiles of the colleges that provide application information plus facts, stats and write-ups reporting on the schools’ environmentally related policies, practices and academic offerings. The free guide can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.
“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” says Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher. “Among 7,445 college applicants who participated in our 2012 College Hopes & Worries Survey, nearly seven out of 10 (68 percent) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a survey it conducted in 2011 of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada to tally its annual “Green Rating” scores (scaled from 60 to 99) of colleges for its school profiles in its college guidebooks and website. The survey asks administrators more than 50 questions about their institution’s sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.
In addition, Hobart and William Smith’s green efforts were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of “100 Percent Green Power Purchasers” in January 2012. In its September/October 2011 issue, Sierra Magazine ranked HWS 67th in its list of “America’s Coolest Schools,” the fifth annual ranking of the greenest colleges in the United States. The Colleges were also recognized by the Sustainability Endowment Institute last year, when it assigned HWS a grade of B+ in its annual Sustainability Report Card. The Colleges were also recognized for their exceptional academics, fantastic faculty, beautiful campus, extensive study abroad programs and other opportunities afforded students in the Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges.”