Goshen College named to Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Schools

Goshen College continues to be one of the country’s most environmentally responsible schools according to Princeton Review’s latest Guide to Green Schools.

The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2023 Edition, released Oct. 25, 2022, features Goshen among the 455 colleges chosen based on a survey of administrators at 713 colleges in 2021-22 about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The company’s editors analyzed more than 25 survey data points in the process of choosing schools for the guide.

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center

Current campus energy consumption has been reduced to levels not seen since the early 1990s, despite doubling building square footage since that time. A 924-panel solar array on the roof of the Rec-Fitness Center meets the energy needs of the campus’ Church-Chapel building, and other campus green initiatives include smart LED lighting, geothermal energy use, returning lawn to native prairie land and purchasing 100 percent of electricity from renewable energy sources.

On the academics side, GC has multiple environmental majors in which students can now focus their studies in environmental and marine science, sustainability management, sustainability studies and sustainable food systems, as well as a master’s degree in environmental education. Students are able to participate in semester-long, in-depth studies at our Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center through the Sustainability Leadership Semester and the Agroecology Summer Intensive, and can study marine biology in a three-week May term in the Florida Keys.

“We are proud to shine a light on these schools and to continue serving as a unique resource for students who want their ‘best-fit’ college to also ideally be a green one. We highly recommend each and every one of the colleges in our guide,” said Rob Franek, Editor in Chief of the Princeton Review.

How schools were chosen for the guide

The Princeton Review chose the 455 colleges based on its 2021–22 survey of administrators at 713 colleges concerning their institutions’ sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. The company’s editors analyzed more than 25 data points from the survey to tally Green Rating scores for the schools on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges that earned a Green Rating score of 80 or higher were chosen for the Guide to Green Colleges.  Of the 455 schools selected for the 2023 edition of the guide, 421 are in the U.S., 26 are in Canada, two are in Taiwan and one (each) is in Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Ireland, Mexico, and Morocco.


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