The Best and Worst Green Colleges of 2009

green just released its annual report card for how sustainable college campuses are. They compared the greenness of 332 schools. No one received a solid A, while 26 scored an A-, and about half the schools received at least a B-. More than half the schools received a higher grade than they had in previous reports, showing forward momentum on the part of colleges to become more sustainable, with 13 percent receiving a lesser grade. grades the colleges on the following criteria:

  • Administration
  • Climate change and energy
  • Food and recycling
  • Green buildings
  • Student involvement
  • Transportation
  • Endowment transparency
  • Investment priorities
  • Shareholder engagement

The 26 Overall College Sustainability Leaders, or the Greenest Colleges, all scoring an A-, are:

Amherst College

Arizona State University

Brown University

University of California – San Diego

Carleton College

College of the AtlanticA- Grade

University of Colorado

Dickinson College


Luther College

Macalester College

Middlebury College

University of Minnesota

University of New Hampshire

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

Oberlin College

Pacific Lutheran University

University of Pennsylvania

Pomona College

Smith College


University of Vermont

University of Washington

Wesleyan University

Williams College


The 14 Overall College Sustainability Losers, or the Least Green Colleges, all scoring an D-, are:

University of AkronD- report card

Brigham Young University

College of the Ozarks

Duquesne University


Ohio Northern University

Quinnipiac University

Seton Hall

University of South Alabama

Southern New Hampshire University

Virginia Military Institute

Wabash College

Wesley College

Wichita State University

An astonishing fact regarding food on campus: Eighty-three percent schools in the report acquire food from local farms and/or producers, while two-thirds have a community garden on campus. Fair trade coffee and food items are available 91 percent of the campuse. Furthermore, 55 percent have a food waste composting programs and 68 percent have reduced their energy and food waste by eliminating cafeteria trays.

via and Environmental

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