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MU Ranked Greenest Campus

photo courtesy of Millersville University Dr. Nadine Garner pictured at the Center for Sustainability’s organic garden located behind Huntingdon House.

Shaun Lucas

Associate News Editor

In the annual Princeton Review Guide, Millersville ranked within the top 50 most environmentally friendly campuses in the United States. Millersville gained the status through its initiation to support natural life, such as the maintaining of gardens and wildlife reserves.

The Princeton Review, founded in 1981, is an admissions service company which aids college and/or future university students with tutoring, academic advice books, online courses, practice tests for standardized examinations, and admissions resources. While not associated with Princeton University, the company is considered a reputable source, as cited in Millersville’s blog and other college affiliated blogs. 

The company’s annual review, the Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges, describes how ecologically mindful and resourceful the university and its programs are. The company analyzes data from approximately 700 universities and colleges. Universities and colleges are monitored for their quality of withstanding life and health, along with how students are taught within the field of the clean-energy economy.

The company then provides a score for the level of ecological friendliness, ranging from 60 to 99 potential points. This year, Millersville scored an 87 and any score above 80 is categorized as a “green college.”

According to Millersville’s blog, One of the most noteworthy aspects of Millersville’s green reputation is the Lombardo Welcome Center, as it’s the first building within Pennsylvania certified as a zero energy building.

Producing its own energy through renewable resources, the LWC is one of around 100 buildings in the United States to be certified by the International Living Future Institute.

Another eco-friendly aspect of the campus mentioned by the campus blog is the staple pond. Besides being a popular place for students to stroll, study, or take pictures, the pond is also a Certified Wildlife Habitat. The pond hosts numerous animals, such as swans, Miller and S’Ville.