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St. Lawrence Named to Princeton Review’s ‘Green Colleges’

By Chloe Mitchell ’21

St. Lawrence University has been named to The Princeton Review’s 2018 edition Guide to 399 Green Colleges for green initiatives and sustainability advocacy across its campus.

The Princeton Review chose St. Lawrence for its ninth-annual edition of its "green guide" based on "Green Rating" scores the company tallied in summer 2018 for 648 colleges, using data from its survey of administrators at the colleges in 2017-18. The survey asked them to report on their school's sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs.

The publishing company also selected schools based on student opinions as well as institutional surveys, such as STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System which is a self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to measure and compare their sustainability performance. Earlier this year, the University received a “silver” rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education based on its STARS score. St. Lawrence received its highest marks in the areas of coordination and planning, diversity and affordability, and academic research for the number of faculty and students who are looking into issues of sustainability.

For more than a decade, St. Lawrence has offered students a unique off-campus learning experience through its Adirondack Semester. The program enables students to study nature and human relationships with nature while living in a yurt village “off the grid” deep in the Adirondack Park. The Sustainability Program gives the next generation of thinkers and leaders the tools to tackle the globally important challenges of sustainability. The University’s Department of Environmental Studies offers stand-alone and combined degrees that focus on sustainability, while the conservation biology major places protection of the world’s biodiversity as a central tenant. Students can also gain outdoor leadership experience and course credit through its Outdoor Program.

Students also bring an awareness to environmental issues in many diverse ways, encouraging and advocating for sustainable living through waste, food consumption, reusable utensils, and most importantly educating the campus and community.

The Low Impact Living Greenhouse theme cottage and Environmental Action Organization (EAO) both aim to be the catalyst for change on campus for encouraging various sustainable initiatives and healthy green living to all students at St. Lawrence.  

Ella Nielsen ’19 of Wenham, Massachusetts, says, “EAO strives to create a more environmentally friendly campus, from promoting student composting to reducing use of disposable utensils and containers. We have been selling reusable steel sporks and reusable straws for students to use, which was a major success. We believe these events are helping to change student’s mindsets about sustainability. Being able to see our action on campus helps people understand what EAO is doing on campus.”

For more information on environmentally friendly options at St. Lawrence visit the Green Living page.