Thursday, October 28th, 2010

How Green is your College or University?

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Report Card Schools by Region

Green Report Card – Schools by Region

The Sustainable Endowments Institute’s 5th edition of the College Sustainability Report Card has been released, giving 322 colleges and universities in the U.S. and Canada a grade on how green they are.

The report factors in 9 categories, including climate change and energy, green building and student involvement. It is the only independent evaluation of campus and endowment sustainability activities at colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

The University of Calgary, The University of British Columbia, and The University of Toronto were Canada’s greenest schools, all making the honour roll with a grade of A-.

No Canadian school received a lower grade than C +, and overall, the College of the Ozarks was the only school to receive a grade of F.

Overall, the survey reports that schools are making an improved effort, and points to statistics such as:

  • 70% of surveyed schools have a campus farm or garden (up from 9 percent in 2006)
  • 95% have a sustainability committee (up from 40 percent in 2006)
  • 75% have eliminated trays from their dining room tables (up from zero percent in 2006)

You can look over the full report card at GreenReportCard.org. You can find the full survey results, detailed profiles for each school, or browse by an interactive map.

So, how does your University rank? Let us know in the comments.

Ryan Leclaire
Author: Ryan Leclaire
Ryan has been writing for 7 years and has been featured in Chatelaine, Canadian Living and Cottage life.
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