BABSON AMONG THE MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY COLLEGES IN THE WORLD, ACCORDING TO THE PRINCETON REVIEW

High 'Green Rating' score shows commitment to the environment and sustainability

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Babson College is one of the 353 most environmentally responsible​ colleges in the world, according to The Princeton Review​. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings has featured Babson in the 2015 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges​.

The Princeton Review chose Babson to be included in the sixth annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from its 2014 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning their commitment to the environment and sustainability.

In the book’s “Green Facts” section, The Princeton Review gave Babson a Green Rating of 95 (out of 99) and cites, “One of the first things you notice when strolling Babson College’s tree-filled campus is a gigantic 28-foot-wide sculpture of planet Earth. The Babson Globe—for some years the largest rotating globe on the planet—is a visual indication of Babson’s commitment to sustainability and the environment. Seventy-five percent of the college’s 350-acre campus is maintained organically. Park Manor West, the newest residence hall on campus, has been built to LEED Silver standards, Babson’s minimum for new construction. As a business school, Babson College’s green initiatives often focus on pairing sustainability and careers, a growing part of the economy.”

“Babson has continued to reduce trash output following an impeccable trash output reduction of nearly fourteen percent from 1,341 tons in 2005 to 1,156 tons in 2009,” said Dallase Scott, Director, Babson Sustainability Office​. “Another recent notable and significant achievement has been the recycling of seventy-five percent of on-campus construction debris.”

Profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 353 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body statistics. They also include "Green Facts" about each school with details on the availability of transportation alternatives and the percentage of school food budgets spent on local and organic food.

Selection Criteria

The Princeton Review developed this guide based on "Green Rating" scores from 60 to 99, tallied in summer 2014 using data from its 2013-2014 survey of college administrators. The survey asked each school to report on their sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with Green Rating scores of 83 or higher made it into the guide. Most of the schools in the current edition are located in the U.S., while five are in Canada and one is in Egypt.

Learn more about The Princeton Review's Green Ratings ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​»

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading test preparation, tutoring, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college and graduate school-bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. The Princeton Review is headquartered in Natick, MA, and is an operating business of IAC (NASDAQ: IACI). Learn more about The Princeton Review on Facebook and follow @ThePrincetonRev on Twitter.

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. ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​


By Barbara Spies Blair, blairb@babson.edu, 781-239-4621 | 04/28/2015 03:39