For the third year in a row, the University of Massachusetts Boston has been named in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges for its longstanding commitment to sustainability.
The Princeton Review partners with the U.S. Green Building Council to produce the guide, which evaluates colleges and universities on their environmentally-related policies, practices, campus infrastructure, and academic offerings. The guide was released as the nation gears up to celebrate Earth Day.
The Princeton Review chose the 322 schools based on a 50-question survey sent to administrators from more than 760 colleges across the United States and Canada on their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs in summer 2011.
"College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues," said Robert Franek, senior vice president for publishing for The Princeton Review.
The Princeton Review applauded UMass Boston in several areas:
• In 2004, UMass Boston was declared the “Sustainable Public Agency of the Year” by the state’s energy and environmental affairs division.
• Sustainability is now one of the guiding principles for Campus Master Planning. UMass Boston has pledged to reduce its emissions by 80 percent by 2050.
• Each year, UMass Boston recycles 250,000 pounds of paper and 30,000 pounds of bottles and cans, and 60,000 pounds of cardboard.
• Because the school is located near the harbor, students have plenty of opportunities to get their hands wet while researching the marine environment or interning with the campus’ sustainability program.
• The UMass Boston Campus Center is a model of sustainability, and was designed with many green features.
• Many lighting systems are attached to motion sensors, and many campus shuttles run on compressed natural gas.
• Leftover food, biodegradable plates, and trays from the Campus Center dining hall are composted.
• UMass Boston offers an undergrad program in Environmental Studies. A solar initiative as well as new curricula and programs on green jobs, sustainable enterprise, oceans, climate change, and security are ongoing on campus.
Find out more about UMass Boston's environmental initiatives at UMBe Green.