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Holy Cross Named One of World’s Most Environmentally Responsible Campuses

College posts near-perfect score in Princeton Review’s 2023 Guide to Green Colleges.
December 15th, 2022 by 
Photo taken from the sky above a college campus showing lots of green space and old brick buildings.

Aerial drone images taken of Fenwick Hall on the campus of the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts. (Photo by Michael Ivins/Holy Cross)

The Princeton Review has named the College of the Holy Cross as one of the world’s most environmentally responsible colleges in its 13th annual “Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition.”

The recognition acknowledges the work the College has done since the creation of its Presidential Task Force on the Environment in 2007, including its commitment to reducing the College’s carbon footprint to net-zero emissions by 2040 and the creation of the Office of Sustainability in 2020. Holy Cross increased its score by 14 points in this year’s guide, achieving a Green Rating score of 97 out of 99.

“The Jesuits have said that sustainability is important,” said Cathy Liebowitz, the College’s director of sustainability. “Holy Cross is committed to creating a more environmentally friendly campus and including our campus community, partners and alumni in the effort.” 

The Princeton Review cited the College’s strong use of renewable energy, recycling and conservation programs, the availability of environmental studies in academic offerings and the College’s career guidance for green jobs.

“We strongly recommend the College of the Holy Cross to the increasing number of students who care about the environment and want their ‘best-fit’ college to also ideally be a green one,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. “Holy Cross demonstrates an exemplary commitment to sustainability and to green practices — and it offers excellent academic programs.”  

Inclusion in the guide comes at a time when prospective students are increasingly interested in attending green colleges, according to The Princeton Review. It reported that more than 75% of the 10,000+ college applicants it surveyed said having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend a school.

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