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December 28, 2018

UMass Boston gets near perfect marks in green colleges rankings


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UMass Boston lauded in Princeton Review’s 2018 Guide to 399 Green Colleges

With a “Green Rating” of 96, UMass Boston is a part of the 2018 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to 399 Green Colleges, the Princeton Review’s ninth annual guide to the most environmentally responsible “green” colleges that was released this fall. UMass Boston earned 96 out of a possible 99 points.

UMass Boston has been part of this guide since it was first published in 2010. This year, the Princeton Review looked at more than 2,000 schools, making the final selections based on academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities, and career preparation for students.

Mass Boston earned top marks for its available transportation options, including a bike-sharing program (Bluebikes), car-sharing program, and carpool/vanpool program. Twenty-five percent of the campus’s food budget is spent on local/organic food, and Dining Services uses cage-free eggs. The student-led installation of hydration stations saves more than 300,000 bottles from reaching landfills a year.

The harbor location of the university allows students to learn about sustainability in a hands-on way in the School for the Environment and obtain clean energy internships. One of UMass Boston’s three new living-learning communities, Green Planet, is focused on sustainable living on- and off-campus.

UMass Boston’s newest academic buildings, the Integrated Sciences Complex and University Hall, are LEED Gold certified. LEED standards rate a building on a variety of environmental responsibility measures, such as the use of energy efficient building design and materials, renewable energy sources and technologies, and recyclable and locally available materials.

This fall UMass Boston also received Marks of Distinctions for staying true to its Second Nature Climate Commitment goals.

Available online since 2010, The Princeton Review's Guide to Green Colleges is the only free, annually updated, comprehensive guide to green colleges. Detailed “Green Facts” write-ups report on everything from the use of renewable energy, recycling, and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.

UMass Boston is also included on the Princeton Review’s 2018 Best Colleges: Region by Region list for the Northeast.