Growing Greener

Green Devil

Dickinson named No. 5 on 'The Princeton Review' list of the Top 50 Green Colleges

by Christine Dugan

As we celebrate the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, The Princeton Review has recognized Dickinson as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation by placing it at No. 5 on its list of the Top 50 Green Colleges. The Princeton Review Guide to 353 Green Colleges profiles schools with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on their academic offerings and career preparation for students, campus policies, initiatives and activities.

Among the other institutions that made their way into the top are EcoLeague member institutions Green Mountain College and College of the Atlantic as well as fellow liberal-arts colleges Middlebury and Pomona.

Highlighted by The Princeton Review are Dickinson’s numerous national awards and recognitions for incorporating sustainability across academic programs and campus operations, including the recent “silver” rating as a Bicycle Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists. Dickinson also was one of the first institutions to sign the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), and the college is implementing a Climate Action Plan to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions and achieve climate neutrality by 2020. Adding to the college’s list of LEED Gold certified buildings is the Durden Athletic Training Center, which earlier this month received its Gold certification.

The Guide also noted that Dickinson students are a central part of the college’s commitment to sustainability; the Center for Sustainability Education, the college’s USDA-certified organic farm and the Alliance for Aquatic Resources Monitoring (ALLARM) all offer hands-on learning opportunities that advance student knowledge and skills for creating a more mindful and sustainable world.

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Published April 21, 2015