For the third con­sec­u­tive year, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has been rec­og­nized by The Princeton Review for its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability. In the new 2012 annual col­lege guide, “The 376 Best Col­leges,” North­eastern made the Green Honor Roll for its out­standing com­mit­ment to campus sus­tain­ability through envi­ron­mental poli­cies, prac­tices and aca­d­emic offerings.

In addi­tion, the Uni­ver­sity was ranked No. 2 for Best Career Ser­vices, based on sur­veys of 122,000 stu­dents across the col­leges and universities.

North­eastern sus­tain­ability efforts cited by the guide included the recent instal­la­tion of 70,000 low-​​wattage flu­o­res­cent lamps that will reduce carbon emis­sions by 686 tons annu­ally; the design and con­struc­tion of the LEED Gold-​​certified mixed-​​use building, Inter­na­tional Vil­lage; and “Com­post Here,” the University’s aggres­sive food waste com­posting initiative.

Stu­dents sur­veyed called North­eastern “an insti­tu­tion that is ded­i­cated to real-​​world expe­ri­ences cou­pled with class­room guid­ance,” while many stu­dents list “coop­er­a­tive learning” oppor­tu­ni­ties as the main reason for choosing the school.

Addi­tion­ally, stu­dents raved about the school’s “stellar aca­d­emic rep­u­ta­tion,” with one junior saying, “North­eastern is about equip­ping stu­dents with the aca­d­emic prowess to have suc­cessful careers and dynamic, mul­ti­fac­eted lives.” A polit­ical sci­ence major says, “Pro­fes­sors come from a wide array of fields and bring their exper­tise from the out­side world to the class­room and then chal­lenge us to do the same.”

Of campus life, a sopho­more said, “It’s a city school, but our campus has so much green space.” The stu­dent body was described as “more mature than most col­lege stu­dents ear­lier in their careers because of the city envi­ron­ment and the co-​​op pro­gram.” Another person sur­veyed said North­eastern stu­dents come from all over the world, and that “you can’t walk through a quad without hearing at least three lan­guages being spoken.”