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Holy Cross Named to Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges of 2017

The Princeton Review
September 25th, 2017 by 

Students studying in the shade along Linden Lane.
Holy Cross is a nationally renowned arboretum, with over 100 types of trees. Students make the most of the scenery in many ways, like these students studying along Linden Lane. Photo by: Tom Rettig

The College of the Holy Cross was recently named to The Princeton Review’s “Guide to 375 Green Colleges” as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in 2017. Holy Cross is among institutions that show “the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives, and activities,” according to the Princeton Review.

Holy Cross received a “Green Rating” score of 84 out of 99, on a scale of 60 to 99. The rating measures whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable; how well a school prepares students for employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental concerns and opportunities; and how environmentally responsible a school’s policies are.

The Princeton Review highlights Holy Cross’ efforts to become carbon neutral by the year 2040, that the College has reduced its carbon footprint by 41 percent, and that the Integrated Science Complex and Figge Hall have achieved LEED Gold certification. The College intends to have all new construction comply with strict green building policies with the hope of achieving LEED Silver certification on all major renovations and construction.

According to the guide, the College’s “internships and projects with environmental organizations and nonprofit groups throughout the Worcester area,” as well as the “environmental studies program, and student-run environmental groups like Eco-Action” promote sustainability on campus. Additionally, the College’s Presidential Task Force on the Environment, made up of students, faculty, and staff, works to develop awareness initiatives and educational programs that benefit the community.

Learn more about the College’s sustainability efforts.

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