Sierra Club names America's greenest colleges

Five of the top 20 are in the University of California system

The Sierra Club's magazine ranked the most sustainable colleges and universities in the nation Tuesday.

To create its ninth annual "Cool Schools" ranking, the Sierra Club partnered with the Princeton Review, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, and the Sustainable Endowments Institute. Administrators at eligible institutions submit comprehensive surveys about their campus sustainability practices. The Sierra Club released the rankings in their magazine, Sierra.

Based on the surveys, researchers assign each institution points for things like reducing waste and using renewable energy sources. No institution has ever achieved a perfect score. The top university in 2015 earned 859.75 out of a possible 1,000 points.

The top 10 "Cool Schools" are:

  • University of California, Irvine;
  • University of California, Davis;
  • University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh;
  • Colorado State University, Fort Collins;
  • Oberlin College;
  • University of Connecticut, Mansfied;
  • University of California, San Diego;
  • University of Washington, Seattle;
  • Lewis & Clark College; and
  • University of California, Berkeley (Kim, KPCC, 8/11; Sierra release [1], accessed 8/12; Sierra release [2], accessed 8/12).

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