Educating for a Sustainable World

Students installing solar panels at the Dickinson College Farm


Dickinson is committed to educating for a sustainable world, reducing our ecological footprint, cutting our net emissions greenhouse gases to zero, and advancing sustainability goals globally, nationally and in the communities in which we reside, work and study. Our commitment follows from our long-standing mission – to prepare young people, by means of a useful education in the liberal arts and sciences, for engaged lives of citizenship and leadership in the service of society.

Our founders intended a revolutionary education designed for a revolutionary age, one that is innovative, forward-looking and ultimately useful to citizens of a new democracy. Now, more than two centuries since our founding, in an age of human-caused climate change, widespread environmental disruption, and widening inequality, fulfilling this commitment requires that we make far reaching change