Keystone named to Princeton Review Green College list for fourth straight year

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Posted: 04/16/2013

Green CollegesLa Plume – For the fourth consecutive year, Keystone College has been named as one of the most environmentally responsible institutions of higher learning in the nation by The Princeton Review, a leading national education publication.

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.

Keystone College, a small private Pennsylvania College, is proving to be just that – a keystone to the sustainability movement sweeping the nation! Keystone is a lock when it comes to ranking the greenest colleges,” the Guide commented.   

“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. Edward G. Boehm, Jr. “We strive everyday to protect and preserve our environment and educate our students about the importance of sustainability on campus and as members of our global community.”   

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 College was an initial signatory of the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. A small group of college presidents, including Dr. Boehm, committed themselves to pursuing and accomplishing major sustainability initiatives. Since that time, hundreds of institutions of higher learning have joined the organization.

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.

Rain Garden
Rain Garden

Additional initiatives have included:

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.