Principia College takes the challenge of sustainability education seriously. By promoting an understanding of the fundamental linkages between ecological, political, social, and economic systems—and inspiring students to think critically about the diversity of ethical issues raised by human interactions with the environment—we prepare students to take the lead in solving some of the most important challenges of this generation.
Principia has been sourcing 100 percent renewable electric energy since 2009, and each year we are recognized by the US Environmental Protection Agency as a 100 percent Green Power Partner. Our energy contracts were initially for a mix of solar and wind, but more recently are 100 percent wind. Largely as a result of this commitment, but also because of systemic efficiencies, the carbon footprint of campus residents is a quarter of the national average.
But carbon neutrality isn’t our only focus. We are addressing a wide range of sustainability issues at Principia College including green purchasing of electronics and furniture and sustainable food purchasing and procurement, along with food waste reduction and a strong recycling and composting program.
Learn more about our Sustainability efforts