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Northeastern Makes National ‘Green’ Honor Roll

8/3/09

The Princeton Review's annual Green Rating gave Northeastern the highest possible score for creating one of the most environmentally friendly campuses in the United States. (See USA Today's follow-up report in its education section.)

Northeastern was among 15 colleges and universities selected from 697 institutions that made the publication's "2010 Green Rating Honor Roll" for its outstanding commitment to campus sustainability through environmental policies, practices, and academic offerings.

"Northeastern's commitment to campus sustainability sets the tone for how we create and maintain a green environment for our campus community," said Nancy May, vice president of facilities at Northeastern. "We are proud of the results thus far and will continue to look for new ways to improve our environmental impact and help the Northeastern community understand the importance of being environmentally conscious."

Each school was evaluated on three broad criteria: whether it provides students with a healthy and sustainable campus lifestyle; how well the school is preparing students to work and engage in a world with many environmental challenges; and the school's overall commitment to environmental issues. The institutional survey for the rating included 10 questions on everything from energy use, recycling, food, green building, and transportation to green academic offerings, action plans, and goals concerning greenhouse-gas emission reductions.

Northeastern faired well on all counts. Among the many Northeastern green initiatives the Princeton Review cited are its 20-year-old recycling effort (that accepts 13 categories of recyclable items), the university's food composting effort Project Clean Plate (which composted approximately 594 tons of campus food in its first year), the swapping of 70,000 traditional lamps with fluorescent lamps throughout campus (reducing carbon emissions by 686 tons annually), and the university's range of course offerings on environmental sustainability (in degree programs including civil engineering, political science, sociology and law, policy and society).

The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating criteria in 2007 in collaboration with ecoAmerica, a non-profit environmental organization.