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Dickinson College Ranked No. 3 on 2019 List of Top 50 Green Colleges


Sheep from the College Farm “mow” the grass at Dickinson’s 3-megawatt solar field. Photo by Carl Socolow '77.

Princeton Review names Dickinson one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges

by Christine Baksi

Dickinson College is ranked No. 3 on the list of Top 50 Green Colleges, according to The Princeton Review, which has released the list as part of its 10th annual Guide to Green Colleges. The Top 50 Green Colleges are determined based on academic offerings and initiatives, campus policies and practices and green-career preparation for students.

"These schools are standouts for their exemplary commitments to sustainability," said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s editor-in-chief. "They are, each in their own ways, outstanding institutions for students seeking to study and live at a green college."

Franek cited findings of a survey by The Princeton Review indicating a high level of interest among college applicants and their parents about environmental and sustainability issues. This year, a solid majority (64%) of the 11,900 teens and parents that the company polled for its 2019 College Hopes & Worries Survey said that having information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their decision to apply to or attend the school.

The ranking rounds out another year of top honors for Dickinson’s leadership in sustainability education and sustainable campus operations. Earlier this year, Dickinson earned the No. 2 spot on AASHE’s 2019 Sustainable Campus Index and the No. 12 spot on Sierra magazine’s 2019 Cool Schools list.

Dickinson has earned these rankings by educating students about sustainability, involving them in creating and testing sustainable solutions, growing food for the college and community on a 100-acre organic farm and cutting its net emissions of greenhouse gases to zero.

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Published October 23, 2019