HWS Among Nation’s Top Green Colleges – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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HWS Among Nation’s Top Green Colleges

Hobart and William Smith have again ranked among the nation’s top colleges and universities leading the way in sustainability and environmental responsibility in the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review’s “Guide to Green Colleges.

Launched in 2010, the guide relies on survey responses from administrators regarding their institutions’ sustainability policies, programs and practices, including whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school is preparing students for employment in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century as well as for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

More than 25 survey data points were analyzed by The Princeton Review editors to tally Green Rating scores for the schools on a scale of 60 to 99. HWS received a Green Rating of 91.

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Princeton Review recently ranked Hobart and William Smith faculty members among the nation’s best professors, ninth in the nation for “Professors Get High Marks” and ninth in the nation for study abroad in the 2021 edition of Best 386 Colleges. In the 2020 edition of Best Value Colleges, Princeton Review ranked HWS among the nation’s top 25 schools for campus engagement and 15th for “impact.”

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Sustainability is a core value at HWS. In 2007, the Colleges were a charter signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, committing to climate neutrality by 2025. Campus sustainability initiatives include the establishment of two solar farms in 2016 that deliver 50% of the Colleges’ electricity, a commitment to protecting and promoting trees and incorporating pollinator conservation and education, compost and recycling stations, water refill stations and ZipCars available for rental.