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Sierra Magazine Highlights “Cool Schools”

Sierra Magazine has released its annual ranking of “Cool Schools,” which recognizes colleges with a strong commitment to environmentalism through academic coursework, research, and day-to-day operations. The magazine reports on the green initiatives of 153 colleges and universities. Ranked toward the top of this year’s list are the following: 

  • University of California, Irvine diverts more than 80 percent of campus waste from landfills and offers students an academic spring break experience in its global sustainability program. 
  • Oberlin College converted its heating system from coal to natural gas and has developed an innovative Environmental Dashboard system to keep people connected to the natural world through real-time displays of energy and water consumption. 
  • Colorado State University offers 19 sustainability related majors and offers classes that incorporate green themes in at least 54 of its 58 departments. 

Sierra Magazine uses data collected annually by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This in-depth survey summarizes a school’s progress on a variety of fronts, ranging from course offerings to energy consumption, from research to public engagement

Jeremy McGeorge specializes in serving families whose children need therapeutic services as part of their educational plan. He is also Bertram's point person on sustainable education. He can be reached at