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Top 10 Most Environmentally Friendly Colleges

The following is an article on the Ten Most Environmentally Conscious Universities…

Here’s the college ranking:

1. University of Washington, Seattle
The hydro-powered campus runs three farms, an extensive recycling program, and the conservation-research hotbed Pack Forest.

2. Green Mountain College, Poultney, VT
The school’s agricultural projects are an experiment in fossil-free farming. Instead of tractors, draft animals do much of the work.

3. University of California, San Diego
The institution’s cogeneration plant provides up to 85 percent of the school’s electricity, and heats more than 6 million square feet of building interiors.

4. Warren Wilson College, Asheville, NC
Students grow trees, alfalfa, and corn and raise cows, pigs, and chickens on the school’s 250-acre farm.

5. Stanford University, Stanford, CA
Almost two-thirds of Stanford’s 8, 180-acre campus is undeveloped open space, including the 1,200 acre Jasper Ridge Biological Preserve, where students and faculty learn how climate change affects local biodiversity.

6. University of California, Irvine
One of America’s most energy efficient campuses has a cogeneration facility that produces heat and electricity that meets most of its power needs.

7. University of California, Santa Cruz
The fight against trash includes eschewing dining trays and bottled water, contributing to a water diversion rate of 84 percent.

8. University of California, San Diego
The university excels in nurturing sustainable methods of food production and has a new Brewery, Winery, and Food Science Laboratory.

9. Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA
With a goal of reaching carbon neutrality by 2020, students pay a self-imposed fee of $1 each academic quarter to buy renewable-energy credits to offset the college’s electricity consumption.

10. Middlebury College, Middlebury, VT
As part of its plan to be carbon neutral by 2016, the school installed a woodchip-powered cogeneration system that halved its oil consumption.

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David Dickson is a writer and admissions counselor for Top Test Prep; Top Test Prep offers exclusive private tutoring programs that helps students gain admission to top schools through private admissions counseling.

(credit also to: The Sierra Club, an environmental advocacy group, has released its list of the ten most environmentally conscious universities)