Which Is the Greenest College Campus in Your State?

Colleges across the U.S. have been making headlines for environmentally conscious polices and student activism. For example, the University of Dayton became the first U.S. Catholic college to divest from fossil fuels, Washington University students were arrested protesting Peabody Coal, and 130+ universities joined in a movement to measure the sustainable dining on campus.

There are numerous ways to judge how “green” a school is, including a close look at college campuses. eCollegeFinder has created a map illustrating the greenest college campuses in each state, as judged by College Prowler.

College Prowler ranked each school on a 1 to 10 scale, and while they did not disclose the criteria used, they summed up the motivation behind the rating system as follows: “These days, schools boast a high number of LEED-certified facilities and sustainability initiatives. The following colleges and universities are striving for a more eco-friendly future.”

Only one school received a perfect 10: Pitzer College in California.

See if your school made the list.

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And, in case you’re a little rusty on college logos, here’s the breakdown of universities and College Prowler green campus ratings by state:

Alabama: Auburn University – 8.6

AlaskaUniversity of Alaska Fairbanks – 8.05

ArizonaNorthern Arizona University – 9.67

ArkansasHendrix College – 9.06

CaliforniaPitzer College – 10

ColoradoUniversity of Colorado Boulder – 9.8

ConnecticutYale University – 9.36

DelawareUniversity of Delaware – 8.61

FloridaFlorida Gulf Coast University – 9.8

GeorgiaEmory University – 9.65

HawaiiChaminade University of Honolulu – 8.18

IdahoBrigham Young University – Idaho – 8.45

IllinoisLoyola University Chicago – 9.21

IndianaBall State University – 9.11

IowaIowa State University – 9.19

KansasUniversity of Kansas – 8.43

KentuckyBerea College – 8.73

LouisianaTulane University – 8.5

MaineBowdoin College – 9.54

MarylandGoucher College – 9.47

MassachusettsSmith College – 9.47

MichiganGrand Valley State University – 9.47

MinnesotaCarleton College – 9.19

MississippiUniversity of Mississippi – 8.5

MissouriWashington University in St. Louis – 9.36

MontanaUniversity of Montana – 8.7

NebraskaHastings College – 8.35

NevadaSierra Nevada College – 8.45

New HampshireUniversity of New Hampshire – 8.8

New JerseyRichard Stockton College of New Jersey – 8.71

New MexicoUniversity of New Mexico – 7.94

New YorkIthaca College – 9.42

North CarolinaElon University – 9.41

North DakotaUniversity of North Dakota – 8.15

OhioOberlin College – 9.31

OklahomaOklahoma State University – 8.76

OregonUniversity of Oregon – 9.67

PennsylvaniaAllegheny College – 9.19

Rhode IslandBrown University – 8.81

South CarolinaFurman University – 9.13

South DakotaSouth Dakota School of Mines and Technology – 8.32

TennesseeVanderbilt University – 8.91

TexasUniversity of North Texas – 9.52

UtahWestminster College – 9.14

VermontUniversity of Vermont – 9.41

VirginiaJames Madison University – 8.84

WashingtonUniversity of Washington – 9.46

West VirginiaWest Virginia University – 8.02

WisconsinUniversity of Wisconsin – Stevens Point – 9.13

WyomingUniversity of Wyoming – 8.38


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