GreenReportCard.org 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.
GreenReportCard.org grades the colleges on the following criteria:
The 26 Overall College Sustainability Leaders, or the Greenest Colleges, all scoring an A-, are:
The 14 Overall College Sustainability Losers, or the Least Green Colleges, all scoring an D-, are:
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.