While politicians and industry lobbyists block legislation that would jump start the clean energy economy, some of America’s most progressive colleges and universities have taken matters into their own hands.
Sierra magazine recently announced its fifth annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to the efforts of U.S. colleges that help solve climate issues and operate sustainably.
Students care deeply about green issues and are attracted to institutions that are working hard to solve environmental problems. According to a 2010 Princeton Review report, 64 percent of prospective college students take a university’s commitment to environmental issues into consideration when deciding where to apply and enroll.
“When students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and proceed to get their hands dirty in the real world, they realize the potential they have to make a difference,” said Bob Sipchen, Sierra magazine’s editor-in-chief. “We’re thrilled to highlight these forward-thinking schools for emphasizing environmental responsibility, and for teaching, inspiring, and empowering students to affect real change.”
Can you spot your alma mater among this list of schools making a difference for the planet?
1. University of Washington (Seattle, WA)
2. Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT)
3. University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA)
4. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)
5. Stanford University (Stanford, CA)
6. University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)
7. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)
8. University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)
9. Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)
10. Middlebury College (Middlebury, VT)
11. University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)
12. Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)
13. Colby College (Waterville, ME)
14. Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA)
15. University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
16. University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)
17. Clark University (Worcester, MA)
18. Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
19. Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
20. University of Maryland (College Park, MD)
Image Credit: Green Mountain College