Dickinson College Earns Repeat Honors for Sustainability Efforts


Dickinson College Among the STARS

by Craig Layne

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) has again recognized Dickinson College as a top-performing college, as measured by its Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). The college achieved Gold status with a score of 81.45 and ranks second nationally in the baccalaureate category for the latest version of the reporting tool. Dickinson was one of the first colleges to receive a Gold rating in 2011 and has been Gold every year since.

“Sustainability is a pillar of a Dickinson education, inside and outside of the classroom,” said Lindsey Lyons, assistant director of Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education. “We give our students and faculty the tools to innovate and address sustainability challenges on campus, in the community and around the world.”

The STARS data are self-generated by participating institutions and evaluated by AASHE, which then ranks facets of each institution through five broad sets of criteria: academics, engagement, operations, planning & administration and innovation & leadership.

Nearly 900 higher education institutions in 30 countries have registered to participate in AASHE’s STARS program. The criteria used to determine a STARS rating are transparent and accessible to anyone. Dickinson’s full STARS report is available online.

The AASHE gold-level ranking is the latest in a long list of sustainability accolades for Dickinson, including earning Second Nature’s inaugural award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership and being routinely placed on The Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll and Sierra magazine’s list of “Coolest Schools” for environmental sustainability.

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Published May 7, 2018