Wentworth Earns Spot Among Country’s Top ‘Green’ Colleges

November 10, 2016

Andrew Breiter-Wu (pictured right), BSCE '18 and president of Wentworth Envrinmental Collaborative, at a recent COF Earth Day event.

Andrew Breiter-Wu (pictured right), BSCE '18 and president of Wentworth Envrinmental Collaborative, at a recent COF Earth Day event.

Wentworth Institute of Technology is one of the country’s 361 most environmentally responsible colleges, says The Princeton Review.

The education services company known for its test prep and tutoring services, books, and college rankings features Wentworth in the 2016 edition of its free book, The Princeton Review Guide to 361 Green Colleges.

The guide recognizes Wentworth’s extensive options for alternative transportation, an award-winning waste diversion program, and a multi-faceted approach to reducing the environmental impacts of a densely developed urban campus. 

“We strongly recommend Wentworth Institute of Technology 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, the Review’s senior vice president and publisher.

For the green guide, published Oct. 4, The Review calculated scores from 60 to 99 for 640 colleges, using data from a 2015-2016 survey of school administrators. The survey asked the schools to report on their sustainability related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were weighted in the assessment. Schools with green rating scores of 80 or higher made it into the guide.

 “The biggest focus of Wentworth’s student-based sustainability initiatives is building a community around waste reduction, food sourcing, and collaborative projects across campus and in the other neighboring college communities,” said Andrew Breiter-Wu, BSCE ’18, president of Wentworth Environmental Collaborative.

 “Our students are exposed to sustainability across the curriculum, and through numerous opportunities to ‘live green’ on campus,” added Gerald Inman, the Institute’s director of purchasing and co-chair of the Wentworth Sustainability Committee.

“We use the campus as a living laboratory,” said committee co-chair Bob Ferro, director of the Physical Plant at Wentworth. He said the Institute’s green initiatives are founded on its recycling program, a 26-year community partnership with Boston Public Schools, and a decade-long focus on energy efficiency, green buildings, and greenhouse gas mitigation through the Carbon Commitment.

The profiles in the Guide to 361 Green Colleges provide information about each school's admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body statistics. They also include "Green Facts" about the schools with details on the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of waste that is diverted from landfill.

The Princeton Review first published its green 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 381 Colleges and Colleges That Pay You Back.

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