Some say it's just a fad, but most believe it to be a permanent change in our way of living. Being Eco-friendly, or "going green," is important to many people throughout America, so it's no surprise that many of our colleges are focused on keeping our environment healthy.
The Princeton Review recently released a list of the Top 50 Green Colleges in the U.S. and some may surprise you. These colleges range from Ivy Leagues to small, private schools with a little over 500 students enrolled. Regardless of their size or prestige, they all have one thing in common: their love for planet Earth. These schools are going green, and they're making some of the most significant improvements in our country.
Appropriately named for the two iconic explorers, Lewis & Clark College tops the list as the most Eco-friendly college in the States. Located in Portland, Oregon, Lewis & Clark is a liberal arts school that empowers its students to "shape the new global century." Among it's other accomplishments, it also ranks thirteen on Princeton Review's Tree-Hugging Vegetarian colleges list.
Green Mountain College — also appropriately named — in Poultney, Vermont ranked number two on the list. The college actually boasts that it's the "First in Sustainability." On their website they explain that being green isn't just a passing fad but, "...is deeply rooted in our academic program and our campus community." Their curriculum is even constructed around being environmentally friendly — they call it the environmental liberal arts, or ELA for short.
The University of California, Santa Barbara followed Green Mountain, as the third on the list for most Eco-friendly colleges. This isn't surprising considering UC Santa Barbara takes up over 1,000 acres of the California Coast and is considered a "learning and living environment like no other."
Other well-known schools that made up these green-friendly fifty include Cornell University (#6), Columbia University (#25), The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (#31) and Emory University (#37). To see if your school made the list, check it out here.
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