Forbes reveals ‘America’s Greenest Colleges’

Long a hotbed of environmental activism, America’s campuses are blooming green, Forbes reports. Schools are committing to reducing their carbon dioxide emissions, they’re funneling endowment money into renewable-energy investment funds, and students–the engine behind much of this growth–are pushing for more. Part of this activism stems from growing public concern about climate change. Schools also see financial returns on "sustainable" investments, such as energy-efficient buildings and recycling efforts. And they’re paying closer attention to their impact on the environment, as students increasingly consider a school’s environmental stewardship in choosing a college. While it’s virtually impossible to pinpoint the greenest school in the land, it’s easy to tell which colleges and universities are ahead of the pack. The Sustainable Endowments Institute just released its annual "College Sustainability Report Card," which grades the 200 schools with the largest endowments in the U.S. and Canada on a variety of factors. Six schools–Harvard, Dartmouth, Carleton College, Middlebury College, the University of Vermont, and the University of Washington–earned an A-, the top grade in 2008…

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