Academics? They barely count in this survey of top schools by the Sierra Club. Its grades of U.S. college and university green credentials focus on how the institutions directly affect the environment. Building efficiency, where food is from, waste management; it’s arguably a list of which schools are walking the green walk.
The University of Colorado, Boulder came out on top, despite a miserable 3 out of 10 for energy. It topped the chart in waste management and transportation. Three University of California schools — Santa Cruz, Berkeley and UCLA – were in the top 10. The Ivy League didn’t crack the top 10; Harvard made #11 thanks to a good energy efficiency score.
(Picture: A visitor to the University of Colorado at Boulder’s entry at the Solar Decathlon looks over their team’s solar-powered house entry in Washington, October, 15, 2007. The competition was among 20 college teams from around the world to design, build and operate the most liveable, energy-efficient, completely solar powered house. REUTERS/Jim Young)