Keystone named to Princeton Review Green College list for fourth straight year
La Plume – For the fourth consecutive year,
Keystone was one of a select group of colleges and universities listed in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges” compiled in partnership with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council. The guide profiles higher education institutions that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and student career preparation. The Princeton Review selected the schools based on a survey of administrators at hundreds of colleges who were polled about their schools’ sustainability initiatives.
The publication praised Keystone for its ongoing sustainability and environmental accomplishments.
“Once again, Keystone College is extremely proud to be named by The Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the nation,” said Keystone College President Dr.
Robert Franek, senior vice president and publisher of The Princeton Review, noted the significant interest today's college-bound students have about green issues.
"Among 9,955 college applicants who participated in our 2013 'College Hopes & Worries Survey,' 62 percent said having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school," he said. "We recommend these schools to all students seeking colleges that practice and promote environmentally-responsible choices."
Initiatives for the Environment
While Keystone’s commitment to the environment has been prevalent throughout its history, several initiatives in recent years have contributed to its excellent reputation as a leader in environmental responsibility.
Keystone also formed a Sustainability Committee, consisting of faculty, students, staff, and managers from Sodexo, the international company which maintains the college’s facilities, grounds, and dining services. The goal is to protect and preserve the college’s scenic 270-acre campus, which includes streams, forests, hiking trails, and a “college green” lawn area.
Additional initiatives have included:
- Installation of Energy Star compliant roofs on several dormitory and classroom buildings
- All of the college’s electricity is generated from renewable energy credits
- Use of an all-electric vehicle for on and off-campus travel
- Use of numerous environmental dining services initiatives, such as bio-degradable silverware and plates, chemical-free dishwashing products, and the recycling of cardboard, plastic, and fryer oil
- Elimination of hundreds of plastic water bottles by distributing reusable bottles to incoming freshmen students
- Establishment of the Professor Howard Jennings Nature Preserve
- Installation of a rain garden to ease water runoff
- Replacing CRT computer monitors with energy efficient LCD Monitors.
Keystone has also provided quality environmental education programs for more than 30 years and currently offers a bachelor’s degree in environmental resource management, including a concentration in petroleum and alternative energy.
The college also operates the Keystone College Environmental Education Institute which, since its inception in 2004, has trained hundreds of elementary and high school teachers during summer environmental and science seminars.