The Best and Worst Green Colleges of 2009

Jaylen Waddle
Jaylen Waddle

green collegesGreenReportCard.org just released its annual report card for how sustainable college campuses are. They compared the greenness of 332 schools. No one received a solid A, while 26 scored an A-, and about half the schools received at least a B-. More than half the schools received a higher grade than they had in previous reports, showing forward momentum on the part of colleges to become more sustainable, with 13 percent receiving a lesser grade.
GreenReportCard.org grades the colleges on the following criteria:

  • Administration
  • Climate change and energy
  • Food and recycling
  • Green buildings
  • Student involvement
  • Transportation
  • Endowment transparency
  • Investment priorities
  • Shareholder engagement

The 26 Overall College Sustainability Leaders, or the Greenest Colleges, all scoring an A-, are:
Amherst College
Arizona State University
Brown University
University of California – San Diego
Carleton College
College of the AtlanticA- Grade
University of Colorado
Dickinson College
Harvard
Luther College
Macalester College
Middlebury College
University of Minnesota
University of New Hampshire
University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
Oberlin College
Pacific Lutheran University
University of Pennsylvania
Pomona College
Smith College
Stanford
University of Vermont
University of Washington
Wesleyan University
Williams College
Yale
The 14 Overall College Sustainability Losers, or the Least Green Colleges, all scoring an D-, are:
University of AkronD- report card
Brigham Young University
College of the Ozarks
Duquesne University
Howard
Ohio Northern University
Quinnipiac University
Seton Hall
University of South Alabama
Southern New Hampshire University
Virginia Military Institute
Wabash College
Wesley College
Wichita State University
An astonishing fact regarding food on campus: Eighty-three percent schools in the report acquire food from local farms and/or producers, while two-thirds have a community garden on campus. Fair trade coffee and food items are available 91 percent of the campuse. Furthermore, 55 percent have a food waste composting programs and 68 percent have reduced their energy and food waste by eliminating cafeteria trays.
via GreenReportCard.org and Environmental Leader.com

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