News

Ursinus Is a Perennial Pick on Princeton Review’s List of Green Colleges

Ursinus College has been selected as one of the nation’s 393 most environmentally responsible schools included in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges: 2021 Edition.

In addition to the U.S. colleges and universities featured in the 11th annual guide, which considered nearly 700 schools overall, there are also 22 in Canada and one in Greece.

“I am so proud that Ursinus is on the Princeton Review’s Green Colleges list,” said Director of Sustainability Kate Keppen ’05. “This achievement reflects the hard work of the entire campus community. ‘Green,’ or sustainable initiatives, are possible because of the daily commitment of all Bears.

“Ursinus has embraced using our campus as a type of ‘living laboratory’ and because of that approach, many of our green initiatives started—and many remain—as student-managed programs. These programs provide opportunities for professional and postgraduate skill development for our students and a great collaborative environment in which to work.”

Keppen, who studied English and environmental studies at Ursinus before getting her master’s degree in environmental policy, notes that Ursinus has regularly appeared on this list and she credits that to the various ways the campus community has lived the school’s mission.

“Being a ‘Green College’ is something that is aspirational, and it is something that changes over time,” she said. “It is special to be recognized for this achievement as we all strive to meet our community values to act ethically, responsibly, and sustainably.”

First published in 2010 for college applicants seeking schools with exemplary commitments to the environment and sustainability, this year’s guide spotlights 416 colleges and universities that scored an 80 or higher on a scale from 60 to 99 based on a variety of sustainability-centered practices and goals.