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UMass Boston again named in Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 24, 2012 12:35 PM

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The University of Massachusetts Boston might be thinking about changing its team colors to green. The Dorchester college has been named in the Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges for the third year in a row.

The college was just one of hundreds of colleges across the nation recognized by the Princeton Review.

“We are very pleased to be recognized,” said Diane D'Arrigo, assistant vice chancellor of Campus Services. “It acknowledges the campus-wide successes and ongoing collective efforts we are making in the area of sustainability and our contributions to reducing our ecological footprint.''

The guide reviewed colleges’ and universities’ practices and classes to determine which were making the effort to not only promote sustainable campuses, but also offer academic programs that prepare students for careers in the environmental field.

The review looked at three main areas: whether schools offered a campus quality of life that is healthy and sustainable, how they are preparing students for a world defined by environmental challenges; and at the schools' overall commitment to environmental issues.

D'Arrigo also highlighted many programs and initiatives at the University that she thinks helped UMass Boston make the cut.

“In the academic realm, our students routinely use our harbor location to get a hands-on experience about our connection to the natural environment – and take a wide variety of courses in such things as environmental studies, green chemistry, sustainable enterprise, and biology,” D'Arrigo said. "There are numerous successes in the operations area as well including our comprehensive recycling and composting program, our Fair Trade and organic coffee offerings in our cafeterias, building our first solar panel array and using clean energy technology in our shuttle buses.”

The University’s Master Plan was also offered by D'Arrigo as an example of the school’s commitment to more sustainable campus and greener future.

“Our current efforts include a more comprehensive focus on transportation, the campus master planning process and new campus construction,” said D'Arrigo.

To read The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges, click here.

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