High honors for ‘green’ efforts, career services

August 23, 2012

Free recycled tote bags are distributed at an Earth Day event held on campus to 
share information with students about what the university is doing to advance campus sustainability.

North­eastern Uni­ver­sity has received high marks for its com­mit­ment to sus­tain­ability and out­standing career ser­vices in The Princeton Review’s latest annual rank­ings of the 377 Best Colleges.

The rank­ings, based on sur­veys of more than 122,000 stu­dents, rated North­eastern No. 1 for “Best Career Ser­vices.” Maria Stein, the university’s director of career ser­vices, noted that North­eastern has ranked in the top four in the cat­e­gory each of the last five years — including three years in the top spot.

The career ser­vices office, she explained, pro­vides stu­dents with the guid­ance and resources to build their careers while they are at North­eastern, in part by proac­tively engaging with employers to par­tic­i­pate in work­shops, sem­i­nars and career fairs throughout the year. These efforts dove­tail with the university’s sig­na­ture co-​​op pro­gram, in which stu­dents work for up to six months in full-​​time industry posi­tions in their areas of interest. North­eastern stu­dents cur­rently have the chance to par­tic­i­pate in co-​​op and other experiential-​​learning oppor­tu­ni­ties in 91 coun­tries across the world.

North­eastern was also named to The Princeton Review’s “Green Honor Roll,” as one of 21 insti­tu­tions to earn the highest pos­sible “Green Rating” score of 99.

The Princeton Review sur­veyed hun­dreds of higher-​​education insti­tu­tions about their envi­ron­mental friend­li­ness, including ques­tions on energy use, recy­cling, food, build­ings and trans­porta­tion, as well as aca­d­emic offer­ings and action plans for reducing green­house gas emis­sions. In earning a spot on the “Green Honor Roll,” North­eastern was cred­ited with having reduced emis­sions by 33 per­cent since 2005 and saved nearly 11 mil­lion kilowatt-​​hours of elec­tricity over the past five years.

The publication’s “Green Rating” for North­eastern also took a variety of other accom­plish­ments into account. Inter­na­tional Vil­lage, for example, was the first uni­ver­sity dining facility in the country to earn LEED Gold cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and become Green Restau­rant® 3-​​star cer­ti­fied. North­eastern also par­tic­i­pates in “Hubway,” Boston’s bike-​​sharing pro­gram, and “Com­post Here,” an aggres­sive food com­posting pro­gram that results in nearly 700 tons annu­ally of com­posted dining-​​hall ser­vice and catered food waste.

Sus­tain­ability is one of Northeastern’s core research themes and is inte­grated in more than 100 aca­d­emic courses and experiential-​​learning programs.