Our Investments in Sustainability Yield Positive Results

Physics students build a solar tracker.


Sustainability-Related Outcomes Include:

  • Integration of sustainability across the Dickinson curriculum, with 32 departments offering Sustainability Connections (SCON) and Sustainability Investigations (SINV) courses

  • Approximately 55 sustainability courses offered each semester

  • More than 1,400 students taking one or more sustainability courses each year, and more than 600 taking two or more

  • 92% of the class of 2014 taking one or more sustainability courses in three years
  • Sustainability courses in semester and year-long study abroad programs, including in Argentina, Australia, Cameroon, Germany and the United Kingdom

  • Summer sustainability immersion programs in China, France, Israel, Italy, Japan and Germany
  • Establishment of a 50-acre organic College Farm that supplies the campus and community local food

  • Protection of 10,000 miles of Pennsylvania streams in partnership with community watershed associations
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  • Over 50 paid sustainability internships on campus each year

  • A growing biking culture, propelled by The Handlebar Bicycle Co-op

  • Installation of solar panels throughout campus with a generation capacity of 110 kW

  • A waste-to-energy Biodiesel Shop
  • The first LEED-Gold college residence hall in Pennsylvania
 (The Treehouse)
  • LEED-Gold certification in Rector Science Complex, Althouse Hall & Waidner Admissions
  • A new greenhouse for teaching & research
  • Greenhouse-gas emissions per square foot of building space that are 40% below the average for four-year colleges.


These and other achievements have earned Dickinson a Gold Star from the Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, a Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, straight A grades from the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a "second-coolest school" in the nation rating from Sierra magazine, a place on the Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll and a Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence.