Meet the nation's eight 'greenest' schools—and learn what they're doing right

Renewable energy, student farms, and sustainable planning are a focus on top campuses

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and the Sierra Club both released their ranking of the most environmentally sustainable campuses in America.

University of California, Irvine: UC Irvine has reduced its energy consumption by 20% since 2008. Today, it has three solar power stations on campus and recycles more than 210 million gallons of water per year.

American University: American's campus hosts the largest array of solar panels in D.C. in addition to an active student environmental movement. By 2016, no student clubs will purchase bottled water, and the university is on track to send zero waste to landfills by 2020.

Dickinson College: This liberal arts college in Carlisle, Pennsylvania offers nearly 100 environmental classes, a rainwater collection system, and an organic farm. Also, students get around campus via the university-sponsored bike sharing program.

Loyola University Chicago: This school has seven current and planned bachelor degree programs in environmental fields and Chicago's largest geothermal power plant. Plus, students can get hands-on experience making biodiesel fuel from vegetable oil in the campus science lab and working on the school's large urban farm.

Stanford University: Stanford recently divested its endowment from all coal-related investments and made environmentally sustainable procurement a priority. Approximately one-third of its campus vehicle fleet is electric.

University of South Florida: USF has a long history of sustainability. Their recycling program has operated for 24 years and saved 48 tons of aluminum from being sent to landfills. More recently, USF has prioritized research into sustainable electricity—with a focus on solar cell technology and smart electric power grids.

Green Mountain College: Green Mountain says environmental stewardship is fundamental to all its academic programs. Horses plow the fields on its campus farm and electricity is produced from sustainable sources.

Georgia Institute of Technology: Georgia Tech has 150 alternative fuel vehicles on campus and has made an effort to promote environmentally sustainable planning on campus. Building waste is diverted away from landfills and parking lots have been removed to regulate the flow of storm water runoff into the environment (Button, Education Dive, 10/14).

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