America's top green colleges

Researchers have compiled a list of the most green college campuses in the nation, Karsten Strauss reports for Forbes.  

Analysts for the Princeton Review brought together a panel of experts on sustainability and environmental management best practices for colleges and universities. The panel analyzed 629 schools and rated each on the following: whether campus life was healthy and sustainable, whether they prepared environmentally-conscious students, and how socially responsible the institution's environmental practices were.

Here are the 10 "greenest" colleges:

1. College of the Atlantic

2. State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry

3. Colby College

4. University of Vermont

5. Dickinson College

6. St. Mary's College of Maryland

7. Cornell University

8. Colorado State University

9. Stanford University

10. University of California, Davis

In addition to the environmental benefits, colleges have found that going green can be beneficial financially as well. As colleges look for ways to save money, they've found that  initiatives such as solar panel installation, LED lighting, and simply turning off air-conditioning and heating during evenings and weekends can provide substantial relief from a budge perspective (Strauss, Forbes, 9/20; Princeton Review methodology, accessed 9/22).

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