HSU Rated One of the Greenest Colleges in the Nation
Humboldt State University is once again rated among the most environmentally responsible colleges by the Princeton Review, an education services company, in partnership with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and ecoAmerica.
HSU has been listed as a Green College several times, most recently in 2016.
The Princeton Review’s Guide to 399 Green Colleges is designed to aid prospective college students and their families in researching institutions that demonstrate a commitment to sustainability through academic offerings, campus policies, initiatives, activities and career preparation for students.
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 percent 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 is available here.
As a long-time green campus, Humboldt State incorporates sustainability across a broad series of academic and service learning disciplines, coupled with many student volunteer programs. In its 2015 Strategic Plan, HSU calls for the University community to “Serve as effective stewards of the natural and built environment and the university’s resources with a focus on sustainability.”
Other campus sustainability efforts highlight student ingenuity, like the student-led Campus Center for Appropriate Technology and the Humboldt Energy Independence Fund, which supports student-designed energy-efficiency upgrades across campus.
Humboldt State University also recently received a Gold Rating in STARS—Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System—a nationwide program that evaluates an institution’s programs and practices in sustainability. The University also completed a Climate Action Plan, a document designed to guide the University’s efforts to curb greenhouse gas emissions.
A full list of Green Colleges is available at princetonreview.com/green-