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SJ Dodgson. Richard Stockton College. MJoTA 2012 v6n1 p0502.

New Jersey. As gorgeous as Richard Stockton College looks from the air, it is even more gorgeous to walk around. I met the president when I was a member of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce in 2008; he is an affable, approachable administrator. And clearly extremely interested in the environment.

And so I was not surprised in 2011 when my youngest son Allister Dodgson-Blossfeld enrolled in the Stockton College environmental studies program. It is the perfect college for an athletic outdoors type like Al. He loves it, and I enjoy driving to the campus, walking around the enormous lake that is in the middle of the campus, and driving to the Jersey shore, which is right next door.

And it is a state university. Which means the fees for students are not exorbitant.

At the left is an article that was published in the Richard Stockton College newsletter, written by its staff writer.

Richard Stockton College

Richard Stockton College. Spring Newsletter. MJoTA 2012 v6n1 p0602.

Stockton was named one of America’s most environmentally-responsible institutions of higher education.

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey has been ranked among the nation’s most environmentally responsible “green colleges” by the highly respected Princeton Review.

Stockton is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition” released earlier this month in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

Long an advocate for the environment and the only college or university in the nation located in a federally protected pinelands reserve, Stockton demonstrated its commitments to sustainability and environmental education to earn inclusion in the volume.

“Since its inception, Stockton has embraced sustainability and environmentally responsible practices,” President Herman J. Saatkamp said. “We are New Jersey’s Green College, fostering accountability and stewardship in research, academic programs, and student learning in our community, nation and internationally. We are delighted to be recognized in the Guide to 322 Green Colleges.”

Stockton’s environmental initiatives and academic programs include one of the nation’s first and largest closed-loop geothermal heating and cooling systems, a new degree program in sustainability and a highly ranked environmental science and marine biology program.

Stockton’s Nacote Creek Field station is near fresh and salt water estuaries and home to the Coastal Research Center, one of the nation’s leading resources for the study or beach erosion and restoration.

The College’s Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage System (ATES) is the first project of its kind in the United States. The system, installed in 2008, reduces the amount of energy used to cool Stockton’s buildings by storing cold water underground in the winter and drawing it back out in the summer. Stockton embraces green building practices and includes sustainability as a major component of its long range strategic planning process.

“College-bound students are increasingly interested in sustainability issues,” said Robert Franek, Senior VP and Publisher, the Princeton Review. “Nearly seven out of 10 (in a recent survey) told us that having information about a school’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.”

Richard Stockton. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0211

This winter semester I am spending 2 days a week at Richard Stockton College, working on my computer and walking through the woods while my third son Al has classes.

I have been learning about Richard Stockton, who was a New Jersey Quaker, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and ultimately, a martyr to the revolution. He was captured by the British, who were not pleased with him. He was imprisoned and all his assets seized. He did not live to help write the Constitution.
Picture above, from Richard Stockton newsletter. This photograph was likely paid for, and is the property of Richard Stockton College. All other photographs were taken by Dr Susanna.
Pictures up and below, the college in Sep 2012.