By: Ben Anderson
The 20th anniversary issue of Blue Ridge Country magazine, dated July/August 2008, names Warren Wilson College as one of 14 places and people "who are shaping our region."
In a feature titled "The Future of Appalachia: 14 People and Places Making a Difference in the Region," Warren Wilson is the only college to be selected for its environmental leadership. The story begins with the following:
"Before ‘An Inconvenient Truth,’ before the biofuels bonanza and the carbon-neutral Super Bowl, there was Warren Wilson College. For generations, this small liberal arts college in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina has graduated legions of bright, enthusiastic people who today are scattered across the region – and the globe – working in a multitude of ways to save the planet."
The recognition is the latest in a series of accolades Warren Wilson has received from national and regional magazines in the past five years. Sierra magazine ranked the college No. 3 on its "10 Coolest Schools" list; Blue Ridge Outdoors named it the Southeast’s "Greenest College"; and Outside magazine ranked Warren Wilson and Asheville No. 4 among the "40 Best College Towns" nationwide.
Blue Ridge Country, with a paid circulation of more than 90,000, explores the Blue Ridge region from Maryland to Alabama.