Staying Cool

Dickinson students work with biogas at the Center for Sustainable Living.

Dickinson students work with biogas at the Center for Sustainable Living.

‘Sierra’ Magazine Names Dickinson One of the Top 25 ‘Coolest Schools’ in the Nation

by Craig Layne

Dickinson’s commitment to sustainability is once again in the national spotlight. Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, has named Dickinson one of its top “Coolest Schools” for environmental sustainability. More than 200 colleges and universities were ranked for sustainability practices relating to academics, energy, investments, transportation, food, water and waste. Sierra selects its “Coolest Schools” based on their commitment to upholding high environmental standards.

The honor comes on the heels of The Princeton Review again naming Dickinson to its Green Honor Roll. The 21 colleges and universities included on the prestigious list attained a score of 99—the highest possible score—in Princeton’s Green Rating tallies. Dickinson is one of only three Pennsylvania institutions to be named to the honor roll and joins fellow EcoLeague members, College of the Atlantic and Green Mountain College, on the list.

Dickinson’s innovative sustainability education curriculum and its leadership in sustainable campus practices earn consistent national recognition. The college has received the STARS Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education and has earned Second Nature’s inaugural award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership.

The Sierra Club is America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 2.4 million members and supporters nationwide. It works to safeguard the health of communities, protect wildlife and preserve our remaining wild places through grassroots activism, public education, lobbying and litigation.

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Published September 6, 2016