Here is a list of the top environmental colleges from the 2011 Fiske Guide to Colleges. This guide is published by former New York Times Education Editor Edward Fiske whose reviews include details on campus life and academics.
Colby College – Located in picturesque small-town Maine, Colby provides a gorgeous, and rigorous, setting to study the environment.
College of the Atlantic (COA) – This small school in Bar Harbor, Maine, is big on the environment. This school makes all the lists of the best green schools due to the fact that it offers one major: human ecology, which is defined as the study of our species’ relationship to the planet. COA was the first US college to go carbon neutral in 2007, it is also a leader in green building land conservation.
University of California, Davis – This research-driven campus is well known for its innovations in the environmental, agricultural and biological sciences, including in green transportation and alternative energy. The school is working with ten other campuses belonging to the University of California to increase the use of low- and zero-emission vehicles by 50 percent and generate 10 megawatts of renewable energy by 2014. The schools in the University of California network are also striving to achieve zero waste and carbon neutrality by 2020.
University of Colorado at Boulder – This school is a well known for its green business and advocacy, and the surrounding landscape is a green laboratory with one of the most environmentally aware student bodies.
Dartmouth College – New Hampshire’s Dartmouth has been leading in environmental studies for years.
Eckerd College – This small liberal arts school near St. Petersburg, Florida, is located on the Gulf Coast where students study the biodiverse, and imperiled, Gulf.
The Evergreen State College – This school is located in Olympia, Washington, and has a 1,000-acre campus that is 80% covered in woods, forest and beach. Evergreen has an organic farm and a sustainable dining hall is called “The Greenery.” More than one third of the food sold there is organic or local, and the school buys 100% clean power. It is also a leader in green building and electric vehicles.
University of North Carolina at Asheville – Located in the North Carolina mountains, this campus has a progressive atmosphere and green amenities.
Tulane University – This school is located in the New Orleans area and it is a leader in academic. Post Katrina the school increased its green commitments.
University of Washington – This Seattle based school is a green leader in the Northwest, the Seattle-based school boasts a green cafeterias as well as sustainability focused academics.
© 2011, Richard Matthews. All rights reserved.
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