10 Green Colleges

September 15, 2011

Nowadays, many college students are making it a point to attend an environmentally friendly school. Fortunately for them, there are many colleges that have taken and continue to take steps towards becoming eco-friendly, or green. If you are thinking of attending a green college, these are some great choices to look into.

Arizona State University

Since this school is located in one of the sunniest and warmest regions of the nation, why not put all that sunshine to good use? Well, that’s exactly what ASU does. The college uses solar power for a big portion of its energy supply, which takes away much of the need for electricity. ASU has also installed low-flow sinks, toilets, and showers in many buildings to reduce water consumption, which is very important in such a dry area. Additionally, the school has started a program where much of the produce served on campus is grown on the premises.

Georgia Institute of Technology

One of the ways this school stays green is by utilizing their rooftop solar panel system, which is one of the world’s largest. The system has been in place for over 15 years, proving the fact that Georgia Tech has been dedicated to the environment for quite some time. The school also offers over 250 courses that focus on sustainability, which assures each and every student takes one before they graduate.

Harvard College

For a school that has long been known as one of the nation’s premier universities, it is no wonder Harvard has been taking many steps towards becoming eco-friendly. It has a wind turbine and solar panels in place, which are both great sources of renewable energy. The college also has an impressive composting rate of 100% for all of its landscaping waste.

Johns Hopkins University

This innovative school has its fair share of environmentally friendly practices in place. The vegetable oil used for cooking on campus is converted to fuel for the school’s power plant, which means less harmful emissions into the air. Additionally, Johns Hopkins prides itself on high levels of recycling. There is a map on the school’s website that helps students easily locate the closest recycling bin.

Northeastern University

There are various ways in which this college is green. Renovation has taken place in each and every building on campus to make sure they are all eco-friendly and energy efficient. Northeastern also has implemented a campus-wide recycling program and has replaced the majority of fluorescent light bulbs with low-mercury lamps as well. The school also makes certain that the produce served on campus has been grown locally, when in season of course.

Oregon State University

Just when you thought there weren’t any other ways for a college to be eco-friendly, this school lets you know that indeed there are. Some of the power that is needed to run the school’s recreation building is created by students riding elliptical exercise machines. How is that for innovative? OSU also offers a number of environmentally focused majors, ensuring that current students will carry on an eco-friendly lifestyle well into the future.

Tufts University

This college, located in Massachusetts, is one of the first schools that made sustainability an issue. Tufts University has been very successful in reducing the amount of greenhouse gases that are released from its energy sources. In addition, the school has restricted parking on campus and promotes the practice of car sharing among students.

University of Maine

One of the main ways in which this school has gone green is by reducing the number of motor vehicles on campus. UM has a program that provides free bicycles to students and faculty to use, which is a very smart idea. The bikes come from donations in the surrounding communities. Students are actively involved in many eco-friendly activities on campus as well.

University of Notre Dame

This college just recently expanded its Office of Sustainability and has been undergoing many energy conservation projects as well. Many of the buildings on campus have been fitted with various energy efficient items such as low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets. These small changes can reduce the water used in a year by up to 30% per fixture.

Yale University

Being one of the most widely recognized colleges in the country, it is easy to see why Yale University would want to be one of the most eco-friendly schools as well. There have been many alternative energy sources implemented on campus in recent years, such as wind, solar, geothermal, and biodiesel. Yale also ensures that at least 40% of food served on campus is from sustainable sources. Many environmental advocacy student groups exist as well, and they campaign on a regular basis.

These are just a few of the green college choices in the United States. Keep in mind that the majority of these schools offer programs and degrees that center on environmental issues and eco-friendly living. If you care about the future of our planet, a green college is definitely a good choice for you.

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