Keystone Named to Princeton Review Green College List for Third Straight Year
La Plume – For the third 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 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.
Princeton Review officials said that schools named in the guide are also doing their share to prepare students to become responsible stewards of the environment.
“Moreover, colleges train the next generation of leaders who will ultimately be responsible for putting green ideas into practice. By infusing sustainability principles into every aspect of higher education, there is a new priority for a whole generation of leaders, educated and trained, to make a greener world now,” the Guide noted.
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.
Soon after that, Keystone formed its 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.
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Photo: Keystone Professor Dr. Jerry Skinner gathers a class to travel to the Nokomis, an on-campus creek for hands-on learning.