greenest colleges in america.
Posted by Diana on August 7, 2008
if you haven’t already, look at thedailygreen‘s latest update on 10 of the Greenest Colleges in America. It’s interesting to compare and contrast what other campuses are doing to reduce their carbon footprint. It also brings to light the amount of time and effort required to reach carbon neutrality.
Some highlights taken from the site:
- In 2007 College of the Atlantic was the first U.S. college to go carbon neutral.
- Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC is nearly self-supporting, getting food and lumber from its own organic gardens and managed forests (chainsaws even use soy oil!)
- Oberlin is has a “living machine,” which processes waste water through a plant- and bacteria-based filtration system.
- UCLA has already increased bicycle use by an encouraging 50 percent.
- UC Berkeley, well known for its passionate progressive spirit, has won national attention for hosting the first certified organic kitchen in a college setting.
- Harvard is one of the top purchasers of renewable energy.
- In 2007, Duke University opened the SmartHouse dormitory, a LEED platinum building.
Rider University is among the ranks of colleges striving to do their part. Like Duke, Rider has also constructed a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) dormitory–one of the recent large-scale projects. For an overview on LEED certification, go here.
Many more projects are in the works, so keep visiting us as the school year begins to keep up-to-date.