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5 of the Most Environmentally-Friendly College Campuses
(Friday, 14 July 2017) Written by greeniac071191
Environmentally-friendly initiatives are making headlines in many college campuses across the United States. The leading colleges are redesigning their campuses to join the green movement and engaging their students in initiatives to lessen their impact on the environment. Based on ratings from the Princeton Review’s Green Rating Honor Roll, here’s a list of the 5 most environmentally-friendly college campuses.


1. Colorado State University – Fort Collins


Receiving a perfect score on the Green Rating Honor Roll, Colorado State University is leading the nation in environmentally-friendly practices. The campus features an entirely solar-heated building and 13 solar arrays, which are the beginning of its plan to achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2030. CSU frequently holds zero-waste events and Ecoleader meetings, which allow students to get involved in the sustainability initiatives.


2. Stanford University


At Stanford University, the focus is on sustainable living and energy innovation. Stanford features the Energy Systems Innovation Program, which reduces environmental impact by saving 18% of potable water since 2000. The university also documents the resource consumption of 135 buildings on campus; a technology that helps experts identify problem areas. Students can also participate in a green club, which allow them to impact a particular area of sustainability, such as food harvesting, solar wind projects, or environmental law.


3. University of Washington


Recognized as a national leader for its sustainability initiatives, the University of Washington features a unique grant program. They provide grant opportunities to students and community members that have project ideas for reducing the campus’ impact on the environment. The Environmental Stewardship Committee at UW oversees campus sustainability, including a recent renovation of the football stadium that received LEED certification for sustainable operations.


4. Green Mountain College


Green Mountain College is an EPA Energy Star campus that prioritizes sustainability in their resource use and curriculum design. In 2012, the college developed a robust biomass plant that generates 85% of their annual heating needs. This innovation is part of Green Mountain College’s strategic plan Sustainability 2020, which promises 100% renewable energy use by the year 2020. Students at GMC enroll in an environment-focused curriculum that supplements their chosen degree with foundations in climate change and sustainability.


5. Cornell University


Cornell University is a self-proclaimed “living laboratory” for next-generation solutions to some of the most complex issues surrounding sustainability. Since 2008, Cornell has reduced carbon emissions by 30%, and 58 campus offices have been green certified by the Cornell certification program. Over 1,000 students are engaged in this campus mission through the impact of EcoReps, campus leaders that create educational activities and focus groups. Cornell also provides sustainable campus transportation through the Transportation Focus Team, which works to keep the campus free of fumes and energy waste.


Although sustainable initiatives are unique to each campus, all of these Princeton Review Green Colleges are using innovative and engaging methods to reduce their impact on the environment. These top colleges engage the student body and neighboring community in waste-reduction and innovative research to maximize their progress. The unique sustainability plans featured here illustrate the university’s commitment to solving complex problems through research and action.


Sources:
Princeton Review
WGU
Best Colleges
University of Washington
Stanford
Cornell


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