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Princeton Review Features Wentworth in 2021 Guide to Green Colleges

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Wentworth Institute of Technology is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.

The education services company features Wentworth in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition.

Schools were selected based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019-20 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company's editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points in the process of choosing schools for the guide.

"We strongly recommend Wentworth to students who want to study and live at a green college," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review's editor-in-chief.  "Each and every one of the outstanding colleges in this edition of our guide offers both excellent academics and exemplary evidence of environmental commitment.”

Franek noted that The Princeton Review has seen a high level of interest among college applicants and their parents in colleges with green practices, programs and offerings. Sixty-six percent of the 12,845 respondents (college-bound teens and parents) to The Princeton Review's 2020 College Hopes & Worries Survey said that having information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their (or their child's) decision to apply to or attend a school.

The school profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges include "Green Facts" sections detailing such matters as the availability of transportation alternatives on campus and the percentage of the college food budget spent on local/organic food. The profiles also provide information about the schools' admission requirements, cost, financial aid, and student body demographics.

Wentworth scores 89 out of a possible 99-point Green Score. The guide cites Wentworth’s sustainability committee, commitment to bike sharing and car sharing programs, free or discounted transit passes, and the purchasing of local and organic food as factors.

The university has been named to previous “green” guides, including last year’s Princeton Review list.

The Princeton Review has published its annual Guide to Green Colleges since 2010. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of annual college rankings, its books, including The Best 386 Colleges and The Best Value Colleges, and its many other education services.

The Princeton Review chose colleges based on its survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019–20 concerning their institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. Survey topics ranged from academic offerings and campus initiatives to career preparation for "green" jobs. 

--Greg Abazorius