by Craig Layne
For the second consecutive year, Dickinson has been ranked second on The Princeton Review’s list of “Top 50 Green Colleges” and again has been named to the prestigious “Green Honor Roll,” a distinction given to only 31 institutions across the U.S. and Canada. The honors come as Dickinson recently concluded its International Climate Symposium, a three-day event attended by more than 3,000 people from around the globe that featured the authors of the newest reports from the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
“We are constantly striving to show our commitment to sustainability both in our academic work and in our everyday practices across campus,” says Neil Leary, director of Dickinson’s Center for Sustainability Education. “After recently welcoming many of the world’s leading experts on climate change to campus, these honors acknowledge the effort we put in to making sure our students are ready to rise to meet the sustainability challenges of today and tomorrow.”
The ranking and honor roll are part of The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, which takes a comprehensive look at institutions’ commitment to sustainability education and practices. The Green Honor Roll acknowledges schools that received a score of “99,” the highest possible in The Princeton Review’s green ratings tallies.
“Our faculty engages in teaching and research on aspects of climate change in the Arctic, the Andes and in North America, and our curriculum incorporates the study of sustainability and climate change in more than 30 of our academic programs,” says President John E. Jones III '77, P'11. “We are tremendously humbled to earn this recognition yet again.”
Dickinson is ranked first among baccalaureate institutions on the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s most recent “Sustainable Campus Index.” Other sustainability achievements include being one of the first 10 colleges in the U.S. to reach carbon neutrality, boasting one LEED Platinum-certified building and six LEED Gold buildings on campus, being designated as a “Gold” Bicycle Friendly University and being a certified an official “Bee Campus USA.”
Published November 1, 2022