Blog Update!
For those of you not following me on Facebook, as of the Summer of 2019 I've moved to Central WA, to a tiny mountain town of less than 1,000 people.

I will be covering my exploits here in the Cascades, as I try to further reduce my impact on the environment. With the same attitude, just at a higher altitude!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

List of environmentally friendly colleges

For those of you who will be helping your children look for colleges this year (or are planning on going back yourself), the Sierra Club has just released their third annual list of Cool Schools, a list of the top 10 greenest 4-year colleges and universities (the full list includes 135 schools).

Apparently, according to a recent survey by Princeton Review, two-thirds of university applicants say that a school's environmental report card would influence whether they'd enroll. I must admit I was rather shocked by this statistic! Very cool.

Since being environmentally friendly is becoming a larger and larger influential factor in the college decision making process, universities and colleges in the U.S. are doing their part to curb their environmental footprint, which isn't just good for the students but for the communities around them as well. These colleges and universities are integrating in programs like free bikes for students, organic gardens on campus, solar panels on buildings and the like.

So, if you've got a student in the house, go check out the list. My alma mater, the University of Washington ranked #2 (go Huskies!) on the list. That might explain a few things :)


YogaforCynics said... alma mater's fallen to #6...and below the U-Dub...shocking...

sueinithaca said...

Cornell isn't on there at all, but Ithaca College is. interesting, I would have liked to see how Cornell ranked (since it gets such a bad rap as THE MAN around Ithaca)

Robj98168 said...

Wazzu didn't make the list *snort* Of course I didn't see either of my alma maters on the list either Highline CC or (MIdway U as I call it) or Green River. Guess they didn't look at Junior Colleges:(

Greenpa said...

UC BOULDER??? yike. Last time I looked, it was the #4 Party School in the country; populated by rich kids all of whom owned their own SUV.


Crunchy Chicken said...

Rob - Does Wazzu make any list for anything? :) I think they did have a small section on community colleges but I didn't really look at it.

Greenpoppy - Boulder is the granola capital of the Midwest. Unfortunately, its students might be as you described. When my brother lived in Boulder (up until about 5 years ago), he said the "homeless teens+" with the dirty clothes and dreadlocks would hang around panhandling until after work time, when their parents would come pick them up in their Mercedes. It was quite laughable.

But, that said, I love Boulder. And it sure ain't no Colorado Springs :)

Greenpa said...

Crunchickie- I have a brother who lived in Boulder too! Small world! :-)

And, as I suspected, other folks have different lists on the greenitude of colleges- this is Princeton's:

(in alphabetical order)
Arizona State University at the Tempe campus
Bates College (Lewiston ME)
Binghamton University (State Univ. of New York at Binghamton)
College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor ME)
Colorado College (Colorado Springs CO)
Dickinson College (Carlisle PA)
Evergreen State College (Olympia WA)
Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta)
Harvard College (Cambridge MA)
Middlebury College (Middlebury VT)
Northeastern University (Boston MA)
University of California - Berkeley
University of New Hampshire (Durham)
University of Washington (Seattle)
Yale University (New Haven CT)

Is there ANY overlap??