November 4, 2016
Endicott College is one of the 361 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Endicott in the 2016 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges.
The Princeton Review chose the schools for this seventh annual edition of its "green guide" based on data from the company's 2015-16 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.
“At Endicott we strive for sustainability,” said Dr. Richard E. Wylie, Endicott College President. “We started small with a modest recycling program and the community embraced it with enthusiasm. From composting all of our food waste to using high efficiency LED lights in the residence halls, we implement sustainable elements throughout campus wherever able, while also educating our students on the importance of ‘going green’ through academic and residential experiences. The Campus Sustainability Committee that we have in place evaluates opportunities to reduce the impact we have on the environment related to operations, academics and resource expansion.”
"We strongly recommend Endicott College and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said The Princeton Review's Robert Franek, Senior VP-Publisher.
Franek noted the growing interest the company has seen among college-bound students in green colleges. "Among more than 10,000 teens and parents who participated in our 2016 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61% told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college."
The profiles in The Princeton Review's Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body stats. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives, such as the car sharing program and cash-out parking options at Endicott. Additionally, the percentage of Endicott’s food budget spent on local/organic food (15 percent) is included.
Sustainable Endicott is a college-wide effort that reduces the college's environmental footprint while engaging the college community in that work. The office works with campus operations, courses, student groups, and external audiences to increase understanding of environmental problems and help find pragmatic, timely, and effective solutions.
In addition to sustainable practices related to daily operations, Endicott also hosts one of the largest solar parking lot canopies in New England. The College was recently recognized by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission for efforts to include wind power as part of wholesale electricity contracts. Recycling rates have increased to over 60%, putting Endicott in 17th place in the 2015 national Recyclemania competition.
For more on Endicott’s sustainability initiatives, visit http://www.endicott.edu/Sustainability-at-Endicott.aspx.