Gettysburg College named to 'top five' for sustainability reporting

The Roberts Environmental Center (REC) at Claremont McKenna College (CMC) named Gettysburg College as one of the top five colleges for sustainability reporting among the Top 50 U.S. liberal arts colleges and universities, as according to U.S. News and World Report.

The report contains a compilation of Pacific Sustainability Index (PSI) scores evaluating the environmental and social reporting of these colleges and universities. PSI scoring is based on the transparency, intent and performance for both environmental and social issues.

The top ten liberal arts colleges and universities in overall sustainability are: Williams College, Bucknell University, Amherst College, Colorado College, Gettysburg College, Bard College, Haverford College, Wellesley College, Mount Holyoke College and Oberlin College.

The research for the report is based entirely on material available on the college's websites. The report's ranking was created by REC analysts who evaluated each college's website using the PSI and sector specific questions. The index uses a systematic questionnaire to assess the quality of sustainability reporting and is divided into environmental and social categories that contain three types of information: intent, reporting and performance. This is the REC's second report on higher education sustainability reporting.

In addition to specific numeric values, each college or university was assigned grades on a curve, giving an A+ to the highest scoring colleges and those with scores near it. Overall, Gettysburg College earned a B+ for its heavy student involvement in sustainability, Campus Kitchen project and Painted Turtle Farm.

About Roberts Environmental Center

The Roberts Environmental Center is an environmental research institute at Claremont McKenna College located in Claremont, Calif. Its mission is to provide students with a comprehensive and realistic understanding of today's environmental issues and the ways in which these issues are being and can be resolved, beyond the confines of traditional academic disciplines and curriculum. The Center strives to identify, publicize and encourage policies and practices that achieve economic and social goals in the most environmentally benign and protective manner. Claremont McKenna College was not included in the analysis or ranking.

Founded in 1832, Gettysburg College is a highly selective four-year residential college of liberal arts and sciences with a strong academic tradition that includes Rhodes Scholars, a Nobel laureate and other distinguished scholars among its alumni. The college enrolls 2,600 undergraduate students and is located on a 200-acre campus adjacent to the Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania.

Contact: Kendra Martin, director of media relations

Posted: Thu, 11 Mar 2010

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