Goshen College is Green Inside and Out

Published April 2022

Goshen College biology students camping at Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center.

Biology students explore Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center of Goshen College
Photo courtesy of Goshen College

From faculty focus to day-to-day practices, Goshen College weaves its green philosophy into its curriculum and its operations. Recognized by both the Princeton Review and Sierra Club as one of America’s greenest colleges, visitors to campus only need to step onto the grounds to understand why.

Goshen College introduced new majors for students interested in pursuing careers in sustainability, including environmental and marine science, sustainability management, and a master’s degree in environmental education. And the school’s agroecology semester and summer intensive programs make connecting to the principles of ecological stewardship available to any Goshen College student, regardless of concentration.

The college changed over 20% of its lawns to native grasses and wildflowers, cutting back on irrigation and chemical herbicides. A commitment to renewable energy sources reduced the school’s carbon footprint by nearly half. And campus outpost Rieth Village, providing housing for more than 30 students and classroom space, is LEED-certified at the highest level, a special designation for eco-friendly building design.

To read about some Goshen College graduates already making the world a greener place, read our post, “Goshen Alumni Changing the World.”

Written and edited by Wendy Wilson