Endicott College has been recognized as one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review®. The education services company featured Endicott in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition, released on October 20, 2020. The 2021 Guide profiles 416 colleges.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019–20 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company's editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points in the process of choosing schools for the guide.
“As a coastal campus, Endicott has a great opportunity to address the many challenges presented by climate change,” says Anthony Michetti, Endicott’s Director of Sustainability. “The Office of Sustainability is continuously working to develop and institutionalize pragmatic, timely, and effective solutions to create organizational change with a focus on climate, equity, and health across campus, so it’s an honor to have our efforts recognized by The Princeton Review. Being included in the 2021 Guide adds to the College’s forward momentum needed to continue to drive positive change.”
"We strongly recommend Endicott College to students who want to study and live at a green college," says Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's Editor-in-Chief. "Each and every one of the outstanding colleges in this edition of our guide offers both excellent academics and exemplary evidence of environmental commitment. "
Franek shares that The Princeton Review has seen a high level of interest among college applicants and their parents in colleges with green practices, programs, and offerings. In fact, 66% of the 12,845 respondents (college-bound teens and parents) to The Princeton Review's 2020 College Hopes & Worries Survey said that having information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their (or their child's) decision to apply to or attend a school.
The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges closely examines sustainable matters at each school, such as the availability of transportation alternatives on campus and the percentage of the college food budget spent on local and organic food. The Princeton Review cites that Endicott won points for creativity in the challenge of going green—specifically noting the eco-friendly construction, operations, and maintenance of new buildings on campus. The Committee on Campus Sustainability, extensive environmental academic programming and internships/co-ops, and responsible dining practices also strengthened the College’s overall green rating. Finally, Endicott’s move-out procedure, in which about two tons of clothes, toiletries, appliances, furniture, and other non-perishable items are collected and donated to local charities, was noted as dynamic and engaging.
The Office of Sustainability at Endicott works to reduce the College's environmental footprint by engaging with the campus community and external audiences to increase an understanding of sustainability issues.
To learn more about Endicott’s sustainability initiatives, visit endicott.edu.