For the 13th consecutive year, Winona State University has been recognized as one of the nation’s Greenest Colleges by the Princeton Review.

In the 2024 edition of “The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges,” 522 schools across the U.S. were selected to receive the title of Green College. Research focused on colleges’ sustainability practices, sustainability education, and the quality of life for students on campus.

Winona State received a green rating of 86 on a scale of 99 points. The green rating considers three main questions, which are: how the school creates opportunities for students to have a sustainable and healthy quality of life, how environmentally responsible the school’s policies are, and how the school is preparing students for employment and citizenship in the clean-energy economy of the 21st century.

As evidence of its Green College standing, Winona State has displayed commitment to using its resources responsibly, investing in a sustainable future, and supporting a sustainable society.

Winona State was one of the first signatories of the President’s Climate Commitment, and for decades, has been working to practice and promote a culture of sustainability, with investments in:

  • curriculum and academic programs like the Sustainability minor
  • opportunities to get involved, including the student-funded Green Fee and Green Action Project
  • the largest solar panel energy system in the Minnesota State system
  • proposed net-zero CICEL building
  • campus-wide guaranteed energy savings project, known as the LESS project

Learn more about Winona State’s commitment to sustainability here.