Recognized as a leader in higher education for exceptional commitments to sustainability, Hobart and William Smith have been named to the 2016 edition of the Princeton Review‘s “Guide to 361 Green Colleges.”
The newly released “green” guidebook features schools dedicated to sustainability efforts through academics, career preparation, campus initiatives, activities and policies. Institutions that made the guide were selected using the Princeton Review’s “green rating” of 80 or higher (out of 99) based on survey data reported by the schools. HWS scored 91.
As a charter member of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, the Colleges are committed to achieving climate neutrality (net zero emissions) by 2025. Currently, 100 percent of the Colleges’ electricity is from wind power. HWS became the first small liberal arts institution in New York to be powered solely by wind.
Currently, the Colleges are taking an important step toward climate neutrality with the grand opening of the first of two major solar farms, together representing the largest solar installation at any institution of higher education in New York State. The arrays will be one of the top 10 largest solar projects for college and university campuses in the United States, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
Princeton Review’s new “Green Colleges” recognition follows a number of other accolades received by HWS for sustainability and environmental leadership, including being named to Sierra magazine’s annual list of the greenest colleges and universities, advancing more than 55 spots since first appearing on the list in 2009. HWS ranked No. 58 on Sierra‘s “Cool Schools” list, earning the highest possible rating in the category for innovation in sustainability. The Colleges have also been named a Tree Campus USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation for the fourth consecutive year.