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Babson College Featured Among Top Green Colleges By Princeton Review

Babson College is featured in The Princeton Reviews Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 Edition

Babson College is one of the 322 most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review .The education services company known for its test prep programs and college rankings, ratings and guidebooks, profiles Babson in the fourth annual edition of its free downloadable book, “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges."

In the guide's profile on Babson College, The Princeton Review highlights the fact that Babson “considers sustainability not only desirable, but an obligation.” Mentioned in the ranking are Babson College’s 350-acre organically maintained campus, STARS participation, LEED Silver Certification, locally sourced cafeteria offerings, and focus on highlighting sustainable career choices for students.

The Princeton Review chose the schools for this guide based on a 50-question survey it conducted in 2012 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges. The Company analyzed data from the survey about the schools' course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation to measure their commitment to the environment and to sustainability.

Dallase Scott, Manager of the Sustainability Office and the Eco Reps Program, said of the semester’s growth as a whole, “I am thrilled to see the continued sustainability progress across this campus. More importantly, this progress is not emanating solely from the Sustainability office Office but from all corners of the Babson campus. To me, that is true sustainability.”

Published April 16, a few days before the April 22 celebration of Earth Day, the 215-page guide is the only free comprehensive resource of its kind: it can be downloaded at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide and www.centerforgreenschools.org/greenguide.

Robert Franek, Senior VP/Publisher, The Princeton Review said, "We are truly pleased to recommend Babson along with all of the fine schools in this book to the many students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices and practices."

The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for applicants – facts and stats on school demographics, admission, financial aid – plus write-ups on the schools' specific sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

Franek noted his Company's recent survey findings indicating significant interest among college applicants in attending "green" colleges. "Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he said.

The Princeton Review created its "Guide to 322 Green Colleges" in partnership with the Center for Green Schools (www.usgbc.org) at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)), with generous support from United Technologies Corp. (www.utc.com), founding sponsor of the Center for Green Schools.

Rachel Gutter, director of the Center for Green Schools at USGBC, commented, "Selecting a four-year college is a big choice. When we learned that the majority of prospective college students factor a school’s commitment to sustainability into their selection criteria, we wanted to ensure we were providing the best information. We’re thrilled to team up with The Princeton Review for the fourth year to offer a guide to help make our future college students' choices a little easier.”

To learn more about Babson’s Sustainability efforts please visit: http://www.babson.edu/about-babson/sustainability/Pages/home.aspx

 

How Schools Were Chosen for the Book

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey it conducted of hundreds of colleges across the U.S. and in Canada in 2012 to tally its "Green Ratings" (scores from 60 to 99) it reports in school profiles in its annual college guidebooks and website. The survey asked administrators more than 50 questions about their institution's sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The Company reported Green Ratings for 806 institutions in summer 2012. The 322 schools in this guide received scores of 83 or above in that assessment. (Note: The Princeton Review does not rank the schools in this guide 1 to 322, nor does it include their Green Rating scores in the book's school profiles.) Information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its "Green Honor Roll" saluting 21 schools that received Green Ratings of 99 is at www.princetonreview.com/green.aspx

 

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, visit www.babson.edu.

 

About The Princeton Review

Founded in 1981, The Princeton Review (www.PrincetonReview.com) is a privately held education services company headquartered in Framingham, MA. The Company has long been a leader in helping students achieve their education and career goals through its test preparation services, tutoring and admissions resources, online courses, and more than 150 print and digital books published by Random House, Inc. The Princeton Review delivers its programs via a network of more than 5,000 teachers and tutors in the U.S.A., Canada, and international franchises. The Company also partners with schools and guidance counselors worldwide to provide students with college readiness, test preparation and career planning services.

 

About the U.S. Green Building Council

USGBC is committed to a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED green building program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference & Expo, the Center for Green Schools and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. For more information, visit usgbc.org, explore the Green Building Information Gateway (GBIG) and connect on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. About the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council The Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council is making sure every student has the opportunity to attend a green school within this generation. From kindergarten to college and beyond, the Center works directly with staff, teachers, faculty, students, ambassadors, elected officials and communities to drive the transformation of all schools into sustainable places to live and learn, work and play. For more information, visit centerforgreenschools.org, follow us on Twitter at @mygreenschools, and like us on Facebook at facebook.com/centerforgreenschools

 

About United Technologies Corp.

United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Connecticut, is a diversified company providing high technology products and services to the building and aerospace industries. The company’s commercial businesses are Otis elevators and escalators and UTC Climate, Controls & Security, which includes Carrier, and its aerospace businesses are Pratt & Whitney, Sikorsky and UTC Aerospace Systems.

By Hilary Katulak; hkatulak@babson.edu; 781-239-4623 | 4/17/2013 9:04 AM