UMass Dartmouth is one of the 399 most environmentally responsible colleges according to The Princeton Review’s latest report. The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings also ranks schools for their sustainability efforts. Published October 16, the ranking was determined by collected data from the company's 2017-18 survey of hundreds of four-year colleges concerning the schools' commitments to the environment and sustainability.
“UMass Dartmouth is honored to be recognized for sustainability and we are committed to ensuring our campus continues to grow our environmental practices,” said Chancellor Robert E. Johnson. “Many sustainable initiatives were student-led, showing the strong dedication we all have to make sure we do our part in this planet-wide effort.”
"We strongly recommend UMass Dartmouth 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, Editor-in-Chief.
Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among nearly 11,000 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2018 "College Hopes & Worries Survey," 63% overall said having information about a college's commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school." The full survey report can be found here.
“Sustainable values run deep through our teaching, research, and operations,” said Jamie Jacquart, Assistant Director of Campus Sustainability and Residential Initiatives at UMass Dartmouth. “Every day we strive to recognize our responsibilities for today and future generations to understand why it's important to understand how our actions affect the world around us and to lead by our own example in how to reduce that impact.”
The Princeton Review first published this guide in 2010. It remains the only free, annually updated downloadable guide to green colleges. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 384 Colleges and Best Value Colleges.