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Awards & Recognitions




2012 Fiske guide names Warren Wilson among 25 “Best Buys”

WWC named to The Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll

Newsweek ranks Warren Wilson Service Program No. 3 nationwide

Warren Wilson is No. 4 on Sierra magazine’s “Coolest Schools” list

Warren Wilson MFA program ranked No. 1 by Poets & Writers Magazine

Seven WWC students receive undergraduate research awards

Margaret A. Cargill Foundation gift to support environmental studies




#1 in the Southeast on Sierra Magazine's 2010 list of "Coolest Schools" in the fight against global warming


Second Nature award for Institutional Excellence in Climate Leadership at the 2010 summit of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment (ACUPCC)


The Carolina Recycling Association, during their 20th Annual Conference & Trade Show, awarded WWC Recycling Crew the Outstanding Composting or Organics Recycling Program Award.  


Blue Ridge Outdoors tied WWC as the #1 Cool School in the Southeast




The 2009 edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” published by U.S. News & World Report, cited Warren Wilson as one of only 25 schools in the “Service Learning” category of “Programs to Look For” in choosing a college.


The Fiske Guide to Colleges chose Warren Wilson as one of its 26 “Best Buys of 2009” among private colleges and universities nationwide, the fourth time since 2005 the guide has selected the College for the distinction.


Plenty: The World in Green magazine selected Warren Wilson as “Runner up” in the category of “Greenest Cafeterias” among college and university dining halls nationwide.


Treehugger.com and The Dailygreen.com each named WWC the #2 Greenest College in the nation.


Greenliving.families.com placed WWC in the top 5 list of the nation's greenest colleges.


Sierra placed WWC in the top 20 and our overall sustainability score increased.







The September cover story of WNC Magazine, titled "Locally Grown," featured the
Warren Wilson Farm and sustainable agriculture program


Warren Wilson College is ranked the nation’s “Leading School for Waste Reduction and Recycling” in NWF Campus Ecology’s “Campus
Environment 2008: A National Report Card on Sustainability in Higher Education.

The Sierra Club’s Sierra magazine ranked Warren Wilson No. 4 among the "10 Coolest Schools" nationwide in the fight against global warming – the second straight year that the college has made Sierra’s top four.

The magazine Plenty: The World in Green selected WWC as “Runner Up” in the category of “Greenest Cafeterias” among college and university dining halls nationwide.

The online magazine Kiwi featured WWC in its second, 2009, “Green College Report,” as one of the 50 colleges from around the country that offer eco-friendly campuses and programs.


Warren Wilson College Runner Up in National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming

Warren Wilson College wins the Runners Up award in the National Wildlife Federation’s Chill Out: Campus Solutions to Global Warming nationwide competition, as a U.S. school that is “ahead of its time in addressing global warming.” The award is given to Warren Wilson for its comprehensive climate plan, including its commitment to greenhouse gas emissions reductions and overall sustainability of the college.


Campus Recycling Award from Carolina Recycling Association

The Carolina Recycling Association, comprising both Carolinas, gives its first award for Outstanding College or University Recycling Program to Warren Wilson College. The award honors WWC for having a program “that promotes sustainable resource use through waste reduction, reuse and recycling on a college campus.” WWC’s waste management program began in 1982 with one concerned student. Today, student crews are responsible for collecting and managing more than 25 recyclable materials, disposing of solid waste, composting campus food waste and operating the FreeStore and WoodShop.


Blue Ridge Country Recognizes Warren Wilson for “Shaping Our Region”

In the 20th Anniversary issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine, July/August 2008, Warren Wilson College is named as one of the 14 places and people “who are shaping our region.” Among the honorees, Warren Wilson is the only college to be selected for its environmental leadership. The feature recognizes WWC for its longstanding record of graduating “legions of bright, enthusiastic people…working in a multitude of ways to save the planet.” Blue Ridge County has a circulation of more than 90,000, and explores the Blue Ridge from Maryland to Alabama.


Warren Wilson "Greenest College" by Blue Ridge Outdoors

For the second consecutive year, Blue Ridge Outdoors magazine selects Warren Wilson as the southeast's "Greenest College." According to the magazine, the annual awards "honor the organizations, movements, trends, products, and individuals in the Southeast making a positive impact on the health of the planet and its people." In selecting Warren Wilson as the "Greenest College," the magazine wrote: "Warren Wilson is more than a liberal arts college, it's a 300-acre working farm and 700-acre forest that operates as a laboratory for sustainable practices. The college uses environmental sustainability to inform every aspect of campus life, from composting the cafeteria scraps to using bio-diesel car fleets.


Warren Wilson Dorm First in NC to Achieve LEED Gold

Warren Wilson College, the only college or university in North Carolina with a LEED Gold Certified Building, now has a second Gold building on its campus. The Village South residence hall, part of a two-building, 80-bed community that opened in August 2006, becomes the first dormitory in the state to achieve LEED certification. By the end of this year, the college hopes to have a total of five LEED certified buildings, including the EcoDorm for which it is seeking Platinum certification.


The Daily Green Names Warren Wilson No. 2 Among Nation’s Greenest Colleges

TheDailyGreen.com, an online publication of Hearst Communications, places Warren Wilson No. 2 on its list of “10 of the Greenest Colleges in America.” In its feature titled “These Schools Are at the Head of the Class in Going Green,” the publication notes that Warren Wilson “has environmental sustainability baked right into its core” and that its students “are aces at recycling and composting.” It also observes that the college is “a leader in green building and design.”




Blue Ridge Outdoors selects Warren Wilson as the Southeast’s “Greenest College”

Announced as one of the “Green Globe Awards” in the magazine’s July 2007 issue. The award recognizes the College for “making a positive impact on the health of the planet and its people.”


Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville Awards Warren Wilson a Certificate of Appreciation

The Peace and Environment Team of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville awarded a Certificate of Appreciation to the College for its ongoing environmental efforts.


Kiwi Magazine 2007 features WWC in its “Green Report”

KIWI Magazine, dedicated to helping families live the natural and organic way, released their first Green College Report, highlighting 50 colleges around the country that offer eco-friendly campuses and programs, of which Warren Wilson College was included. In evaluating campuses, KIWI took into consideration degree programs, building functions and food options. WWC was the only college mentioned from NC.


Sierra magazine names WWC No. 3 Nationwide among “10 Coolest Schools”

Sierra magazine, published by the Sierra Club, ranked Warren Wilson No. 3 nationwide – and first in the Southeast – among its “10 Coolest Schools” in the fight against global warming. The feature was the cover story of the magazine’s November/December 2007 issue.


Warren Wilson College one of NC’s Founding Signatories American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment

Warren Wilson College President Sandy Pfeiffer became a founding signatory and the first president of a private college or university in North Carolina to sign a letter of intent for the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.


Warren Wilson College and City of Asheville Form Climate Change Partnership

Warren Wilson College President Sandy Pfeiffer and Asheville Mayor Terry Bellamy signed a formal climate change partnership agreement stating the intent of the college and city to work together toward respective greenhouse gas emissions reductions in the region.



Western North Carolina Regional Air Quality Agency selects WWC to receive the "Standing Ovation" award for its efforts in 2005 to protect and improve air quality in the region and for utilizing the EPA ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager tool to conduct energy-benchmarking projects across campus.


National Propane Education & Research Council presents WWC the 2006 "Propane Exceptional Energy Fleet Award" in recognition of the College's conversion of several commercial mowers to propane from gasoline.


WWC becomes the first higher education institution in North Carolina to have a Gold Certified Building under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system, developed by the US Green Building Council, for its recently dedicated Doug and Darcy Orr Cottage.


Carolina Recycling Association selects Warren Wilson's Orr Cottage to receive the "Green Building Project of the Year Award" at their 16th annual conference in Raleigh. The Green Building Project award annually honors a program that has made a "significant contribution to the advancement of environmentally responsible/sustainable building practices through design or construction of a green project or process."


WWC becomes the first college in region to convert to 100 percent 'green' power by purchasing renewable energy credits, or RECs, from Atlanta-based Sterling Planet to offset all of its electric use.


Buncombe County Soil & Water Conservation District selects WWC Farm as its county-level "Farm Family of the Year."

Warren Wilson College recognized as the 2006 "Outstanding Conservation Farm Family" for the 16 western counties of North Carolina (Area 1). Buncombe County Soil & Water noted that the College serves as a role model for improving water quality and wildlife habitat, in using agricultural best-management practices extensively, reducing/reusing and recycling a large portion of the campus waste stream, and acting as stewards to the environment.



EPA's Energy Star Buildings and the Green Lights Honor Society recognize WWC for its energy-saving practices.


Buncombe County Soil and Water Conservation District presents WWC the "Cooperator of the Year" Award for its farm stewardship practices.


In the National Wildlife Federation's 2005 Campus Ecology Yearbook, the Orr Cottage was among the projects highlighted on college campuses noted for their focus on conservation and sustainability activities.


Peterson's Guide recognizes WWC's Environmental Studies Program as one of a group of college programs nationwide "leading the way" in environmental education.



Environmental Educators of North Carolina recognizes WWC as the 2004 "Outstanding Environmental Organization in North Carolina" for promoting quality environmental education, thinking more innovatively about environmental solutions, and training leaders who help forge a more sustainable future.


National Organization of Presbyterians for Restoring Creation presents the "Restoring Creation Award" to WWC. Warren Wilson College was the first college to receive this recognition and was cited for its new EcoDorm, for the depth of its environmental programming, and the embodiment of values of sustainability and responsible environmental stewardship."


The Carolina Farm Stewardship Association presents WWC with the "Steward of the Year Award" (in the nonprofit institution category) in honor of the work of the college's farm and garden crews and their sustainable approach to farming and the training of student crew members in sustainable methods.


National Wildlife Federation (NWF) recognizes WWC as a leading school nationwide in five categories of the NWF report, State of the Campus Environment: A National Report Card on Environmental Performance and Sustainability in Higher Education. WWC, the only school in North Carolina to be cited as a leading school for exemplary performance in more than one category, was recognized in these areas: Supporting and Evaluating Faculty on Environmental Studies: Environmental Goal-Setting and Environmental Policies; Doing More with Goals and Written Policies for Environment; Employing Environmental Administrators and Coordinators; and Recycling, Solid Waste and Materials Flow.


National Wildlife Federation 2004 Campus Ecology Yearbook recognizes Warren Wilson College among the 38 "inspiring stories" from colleges nationwide. WWC had more 2002-03 case studies in the yearbook than any other institution.


Outside magazine cites Warren Wilson College as #4 on their list of 40 best colleges in the nation. Of the "Forty Best College Towns" that "turn out smart grads with top-notch academic credentials, a healthy environmental ethos, and an A+ sense of adventure," Warren Wilson, one of two NC colleges named to the list, was the highest ranking of the five colleges in the Southeast included among the 40 nationwide. WWC was referred to as, "one of the most earth-friendly colleges on the planet."


Buncombe County "Together We Read" program honors the Environmental Leadership Center's EcoTeam program for its continuing focus on ecological literacy for third graders in Buncombe County and beyond.


EPA Green Lights Program certifies WWC. WWC is noted as an institution "that has taken specific steps to convert to electricity-saving devices for implementation of campus-wide efficient lighting choices."



National Wildlife Federation: WWC is recognized as being among the top 24 colleges in the nation (of more than 4,200 institutions) with students, faculty and staff working to create a sustainable community.