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Knox Scores in 2018 Green College Rankings

Strong marks for environmental initiatives from Princeton Review, Sierra Club

December 12, 2018

Knox College students collect items from residence halls for recycling

From increased recycling to the use of renewable energy, Knox College gets strong marks for its environmental initiatives from Princeton Review and the Sierra Club.

Princeton Review selected Knox as one of 375 "Green Colleges. According to the Princeton Review, selection is based on "a quality of life on campus that is both healthy and sustainable, how well a school is preparing students for employment in an increasingly green economy, and how environmentally responsible a school's policies are." Details include Knox's bike sharing option for students, as well as academic programs with a focus on sustainability, such as Environmental Studies and Green Oaks Term.

The Sierra Club places Knox among its 269 "Cool Schools" for 2018. The Sierra Club says its rankings emphasize "campus energy use, transportation, and fossil fuel divestment." The Cool Schools ranking is open to more than 4,000 public and private colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Among Knox's sustainability initiatives is participation in the Renewable Energy Credits program. The program certifies that 100 percent of the energy used on campus comes from renewable sources. In addition, in 2017, Knox installed its first solar array to provide power to an academic building, Wilson House.

"Knox's score from Princeton Review—this year, 92 out of a possible 99—has improved each of the three years we have been included as a Green College," said Deborah Steinberg, director of Sustainability Initiatives at Knox. "These scores and rankings provide a benchmark that we can use to measure our progress."

Photo below, installation of solar panels on Knox College's Wilson House.

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