Hofstra University is one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada, according to The Princeton Review’s 2014 Guide to 332 Green College. The guide highlights Hofstra’s environmental stewardship, natural beauty and “total immersion” sustainability studies program.
“Hofstra’s entire campus is a celebration of the natural environment,” the guide says, noting that the university is a nationally recognized arboretum registered with the American Public Gardens Association.
Beyond that, Hofstra was cited for offering undergraduate degrees in sustainability studies and urban ecology, its committment to purchasing and producing renewable energy, and its membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.
The green rankings were based on a survey it conducted in 2013 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges to measure the schools’ commitment to the environment and to sustainability. The institutional survey included questions on course offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. The guide was created in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
A recent survey found significant interest among college applicants in attending “green” colleges. Among 10,116 college applicants who participated in Princeton Reviews’ ‘College Hopes & Worries Survey,’ 61% said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.
Cover photo: For Earth Day, members of Hofstra’s Sustainability Club organized a planting and education session in one of the student gardens with children from the daycare program at the Saltzman Center.