Most Eco-Friendly Colleges in the U.s.

March 23, 2017

In 2005, the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) was established to “help coordinate and strengthen campus sustainability efforts at regional and national levels, and to serve as the first North American professional association for those interested in advancing campus sustainability.”

Through their Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), the AASHE has determined the top environmentally conscious colleges and universities in the United States. If you’re looking to continue your passion for sustainability throughout college, these are a few schools you may want to consider.

Colorado State University

Where: Fort Collins, Colorado

Colorado State University was the first school in the country to earn a Platinum STARS rating – the highest level a school can achieve. In addition to being the first university to have a solar-heated/air-conditioned campus, Colorado State professors and students have worked closely with NASA to develop a cloud-profiling radar system to track climate change.

Stanford University

Where: Stanford, California

Stanford University is always trying to reduce their campus’ carbon footprint. The Stanford Energy Systems Innovation Program is currently working to reduce their carbon emissions by nearly 70 percent and to have 75 percent waste diversion by 2020.

Middlebury College

Where: Middlebury, Vermont

Middlebury college takes water waste very seriously. In an effort to reduce, reuse, and recycle, every faucet and toilet on campus is low-flow and solar panels are used to provide electricity to all dormitories. Additionally, all new buildings constructed must be made from sustainable materials and be LEED certified.

 
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