GREEN CREDENTIALS: Central Nationally Ranked

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Central College is being celebrated as one of the most ‘green’ colleges in the nation.

College senior Michelle Stewart found focus at Central College in Pella, “I realized that I didn’t know a lot about sustainability; I was really passionate about it and I had the drive but I really didn’t have a focus.”

The Princeton Review guide picked Central as one of 322 green colleges. The rating looks at a variety of factors from classes to buildings.

The Roe Center on the Central campus has a platinum LEED rating. It has a green roof and a radiant floor heating/cooling system among other features.

Central also has a vegetable garden on the west side of campus.

The green rating also considered Central’s curriculum including a minor in sustainability.

“The idea is that students with very deliberate ideas about careers whether it be accounting or education, or philosophy and religion or anything can still explore that interest in sustainability tack that on to a major and build that into that future career,“ professor of political science,  Jim Zaffiro.

It’s Central’s first year on the list. Other Iowa colleges are making a repeat appearance on the Princeton review list including Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa as well as Luther College and Maharishi University of Management.