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January 15, 2014
Kevin Coburn, Director of Communications

Dickinson Joins Green Mountain College in Eco League

POULTNEY— Dickinson College in Carlisle, Penn, recently accepted an invitation to join the Eco League, a consortium of liberal arts colleges dedicated to sustainability across the curriculum, facilities and operations.

Dickinson is the first college to be added to the five-member Eco League since 2003 when the organization was founded. The Eco League also includes Green Mountain College; Northland College in Ashland, Wisc.; College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine; Prescott College in Prescott, Ariz. and Alaska Pacific University in Anchorage, Alaska.

Dickinson recently completed a robust application process that included a report documenting its academic programs and commitment to sustainability and a campus visit from Eco League representatives. Dickinson’s participation adds new experiences for their students and faculty and enhances the current consortium.

“Our partnership with the Eco League will provide our students with opportunities to study in areas that are ecologically distinct from what they find in the Carlisle region,” said Nancy Roseman, president and professor of biology at Dickinson College.

The EcoLeague allows students to spend up to two, nonconsecutive semesters of study at any of the six colleges. Students can participate in Eco League without transferring schools; the program is set up to allow seamless exchange, with students continuing to pay tuition to their home college. The Eco League roster gives students access to learn about sustainability in three oceans, Lake Superior, the Sonoran Desert, northern forests, glaciers, coastal islands and on organic farms in five different growing regions.

Faculty members collaborate through guest lectures, curriculum development and co-teaching of courses. Currently, the Eco League offers three joint courses focused on marine biology, sustainable business and natural and cultural history interpretation.

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