Dickinson Named a Top School for Sustainability
August 6, 2013
One of the latest educational facilities to come online is The Dr. Inge P. Stafford Greenhouse for Teaching and Research, which is having a transformative effect on sustainability education and interdisciplinary learning. The new, state-of-the-art facility includes independent research zones; a climate-controlled lab; and solar panels to offset electrical consumption.
Dickinson is one of the top colleges nationally for sustainability,
according to The Princeton Review's 2014 Green Rating Honor Roll. Of the 832
schools reviewed, only 22 were named to the Honor Roll, and Dickinson was the
only Pennsylvania school.
Other colleges and universities that also
received the highest score possible included Middlebury and Pomona colleges,
Stanford, Columbia, Cornell, American, University of Massachusetts-Amherst and
University of California-Los Angeles.
The Princeton Review bases its Honor
Roll on an institution's sustainability-related practices, policies and
academics. The Honor Roll commended Dickinson for always looking to improve
sustainability on campus and in students' lives, citing as an example the Center
for Sustainability Education, which fosters learning opportunities that
advance the knowledge and skills necessary for creating a just and sustainable
world. Also highlighted was the 15-member President's Commission on
Environmental Sustainability. This student-inclusive group focuses on how
Dickinson can commit to a more sustainable future by reducing pollution,
preserving natural resources, educating the community on environmental issues
and developing initiatives to reduce both cost and consumption on campus.
The Princeton Review developed its Green Rating criteria to broadly cover
three areas: whether the school's students have a campus quality of life that is
healthy and sustainable; how well the school is preparing its students for
employment and citizenship in a world defined by environmental challenges; and
the school's overall commitment to environmental issues.
increasingly interested in attending a "green" college, according to The
Princeton Review. In a 2013 survey of college applicants, 62 percent said having
information about a college's commitment to the environment would affect their
decision to apply to or attend a school.
As a national leader, the college
has made sustainability a defining characteristic of a Dickinson education. The
college offers more than 100 sustainability courses each year, integrated
throughout the curriculum and across most majors-from environmental
studies and international
business & management to physics
sociology. Students prepare by studying sustainability in the classroom and
abroad, conducting research, advancing campus greening efforts, practicing
sustainable living skills, working in internships and serving communities.
Using the campus as a living laboratory, students gain hands-on experience
addressing and solving sustainability issues through initiatives such as the
Fund, the Center
for Sustainable Living, LEED
Gold buildings, an organic
monitoring, recycling and composting programs, and renewable energy efforts.
In 2012-13, sustainability-related and -focused courses represented 14 percent
of the curriculum with more than 60 percent of students taking at least one
course and 30 percent taking two or more this past year; nearly 80 percent of
the class of 2013 took one or more courses in their last two years of study. The environmental studies
department, one of the oldest in the country, has more than four times the
number of majors in the class of 2014 as it did in the class of 2007. Learn