Green Colleges
How to find an eco friendly college or university

If finding an eco friendly "green" college or university is among your criteria, here are some tips for finding one that's just right for you:

What To Look For in a Green College

1. Green Buildings
An increasing number of colleges and other institutes of higher learning are exhibiting a commitment to greener buildings.

When you visit the college's website or campus, see what you can find about the construction of the buildings on campus. Ask if they are LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified.

2. Re-use
Does the college have a "swap shop" or sell used books? Some green colleges have shops where students can trade gently used items like electronics to encourage reuse of these items. Used books are also important to save paper and money.

3. Recycle
Check to see that the college has a prominent recycling program that is easy to find and to utiliize.

4. Community Service
Colleges such as Warren Wilson regularly engage in community clean-up programs. A green college will have programs of this nature for students to participate in.

5. Green Majors and Green Jobs
A green college offers students courses and majors that involve green jobs and emphasize sustainable living.

6. Dormitories
Ask if the dorms have energy-efficient lighting and water-saving bathroom fixtures.

Top 10 Green Colleges in America

Here are the Top 10 Green Colleges in America, as ranked by

1) College of the Atlantic - Bar Harbor, Maine

2) Middlebury College - Middlebury, Vermont

3) Evergreen State College - Olympia, Washington

4) Oberlin College - Oberlin, Ohio

5) Harvard University - Cambridge, Massachusetts

6) Warren Wilson College - Swannanoa, North Carolina

7) Duke University - Durham, North Carolina

8) University of California

9) Berea College - Berea, Kentucky

10) Tufts University - Medford, Massachusetts