The Princeton Review has selected Suffolk University as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, citing its “robust sustainability program which includes a combination of high visibility and behind-the scenes initiatives.”

Suffolk University joins the select group of institutions profiled in The Princeton Review’s 2015 edition of its Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

The University's profile describes its “award-winning recycling program” with waste reduction a “high priority.” It notes that Suffolk “substantially increases its composting activity each successive academic year.”

The guide also states that Suffolk offers nearly 80 courses on environmental topics in areas of study including interior design, science, environmental studies, law, government and public administration.

Other sustainability initiatives included in the guide are:

• A commitment to reach Silver or higher LEED certification for new building projects and major renovations. The Modern Theatre restoration project earned a LEED Silver certification, and the 10 West residence hall achieved a LEED Gold rating.

• Water bottle filling stations and a travel mug incentive program

• Receptacles with sections for waste, mixed recycling, and composting. More than 80 tons of dining waste is composted annually.

• Waste reduction efforts by residence hall students. They donate unwanted books, clothing and non-perishable food before leaving the dorm for the summer.

• New student and employee sustainability workshops

The free guide can be downloaded here.

“We strongly recommend Suffolk University and the other fine colleges in this guide to the many environmentally-minded students who seek to study and live at green colleges," said Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review. "Among nearly 10,000 teens who participated in our 2015 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 61 percent told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the college." 

The Princeton Review selected the schools for the guide using data from a 2013-2014 survey of hundreds of colleges across North America that asked administrators about their institutions’ sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.