Once again, Millersville University has been recognized in the Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges for its sustainability efforts. This is the 6th year and counting MU has been nationally recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges.
“It is great that Millersville University is once again recognized for its sustainability efforts and work to make the community a better place to live and thrive. It is truly an institutional effort and being recognized nationally is always special,” shares Steven Knepp, MU’s sustainability coordinator. Millersville University, as announced in the most recent Climate Action plan, intends to be carbon neutral by 2040.
The Princeton Review chose the schools based on a survey of administrators at 695 colleges in 2019-20 for their institutions’ commitment 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.
MU’s ranking on the list comes from an array of efforts on part of the University, including the Lombardo Welcome Center’s zero energy certification, systematized reduction of office supply use and implementation of a climate action plan. Even the Millersville pond, a favorite spot of students, alumni and faculty alike, is a certified wildlife habitat.
MU has also implemented measures to reduce its carbon footprint and has provided climate change support to Pennsylvania municipalities through a collaboration with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection.
Recently, MU has received an array of awards including the American Association of State Colleges and Universities 2019 Excellence and Innovation Award, the 2019 Green Ribbon School award and Second Nature’s Climate Leaderships Award for cross-sector collaboration. MU’s sustainability program also boasts the Positive Energy Fund, which uses money from utility rebates and the Lombardo Welcome Center’s energy savings to fund faculty-, staff- and student-led projects that contribute positively to local and global communities.
School profiles in The Princeton Review Guide to Green Colleges include a “Green Facts” section, detailing such matters as the availability of transportation alternatives on campus, the percentage of the college food budget spent on local/organic food and other sustainability efforts. The schools on the guide receive a grade on a scale of 60-99. MU’s sustainability score, according to the Princeton Review, is 86.