October 21, 2020
Susquehanna University is one of the nation's most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review.
One of 416 colleges in the 2021 edition of The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges, Susquehanna was chosen based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019–20 regarding their institutions' sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. More than 25 survey data points were analyzed by The Princeton Review editors to tally green-rating scores on a scale of 60 to 99. Colleges that earned a green rating of 80 or higher made it into the guide, which lists schools alphabetically rather than assigning a numerical rank.
Survey topics ranged from academic offerings and campus initiatives to career preparation. University profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges present information on each school’s use of renewable energy, its recycling and conservation programs, the availability of environmental studies in academic offerings, and career guidance for green jobs. The profiles also include information on the schools' admission requirements, cost and financial aid.
"We are honored to again be recognized for in our ongoing sustainability efforts," said Kathy Straub, professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and director of the Center for Environmental Education and Research. “Our commitment to environmental stewardship remains strong as we focus on evolving in the areas of academics, research, facilities, administration and more.”
Susquehanna recently earned a STARS silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
Susquehanna achieved its silver rating just two years after earning bronze, improving its overall score by 23 points (2018, 33 points, bronze; 2020, 56 points, silver).