In releasing the fourth annual edition of "The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges" on April 16, the two organizations chose schools selected for the guide based on a 50-question survey conducted in 2012 of hundreds of four-year colleges.
The 322 school profiles in the guide feature essential information for student applicants -- facts and statistics on school demographics, admission and financial aid -- plus write-ups on the schools' sustainability initiatives. A "Green Facts" sidebar reports on a wide range of topics from the school's use of renewable energy sources, recycling and conservation programs to the availability of environmental studies and career guidance for green jobs.
In the guide's profile on Eastern, The Princeton Review highlighted Eastern's Climate Action Plan, detailing the University's commitment to achieving a zero carbon footprint by 2050. The guide cited Eastern's effort to create a campus-wide culture of sustainability through green operational initiatives; green-minded education for first-year students; and the University's Environmental Earth Science and Sustainability Energy Studies majors.
"We are honored that The Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council recognize Eastern's campus-wide commitment to green education," said Eastern President Elsa Núñez. "Our Green Campus Initiative commits the campus community to lowering energy use, reducing water waste, improving recycling and procuring environmentally safe materials."
Ten percent of the campus energy consumption is derived from renewable resources, including geothermal, solar power, biofuel and purchased electricity from renewable sources. The campus also boasts four LEED-certified buildings, including a LEED Silver Science Building, featuring daylight harvesting, a gray water system, recycled flooring, native plants and a bio-filter system to reduce rainwater runoff. Eastern's Institute for Sustainable Energy (ISE) addresses energy issues in our region by supporting the development of sound public energy policy, providing K-12 energy education and professional development and solutions to community resource issues."