With an environmentally friendly industry on the rise, new infrastructure will be needed. Trade jobs, electricians, welders, architects and many more will benefit from this green boom.
Energy efficient fuel, hybrid cars and green careers have all received extensive attention in recent times. With the green industry expected to grow rapidly there has never been a better time to go green. Government grants are encouraging companies to becoming more eco-friendly and the general public are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of conservation and recycling.
Check out these 20 schools that made Sierra magazine’s list, entitled: “the most eco-enlightened U.S. colleges.”
1. University of Colorado, Bolder, Colorado
With the ultimate scenic backdrop of the Rocky Mountain range, this school is best known for establishing the first student recycling center in 1970. The school also provides alternative transportation to and from campus and distributes recyclable bags to students.
2. University of Washington, Seattle
The college requires all new buildings to be build to a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design or LEED, standard.
3. Middlebury College, Vermont
According to grist.com: “Middlebury’s biomass gasification plant reduces the school’s carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent and keeps it on track to becoming carbon neutral by 2016.” This school was also included on the Princeton Review’s Green Honor Roll.
4. University of Vermont, Burlington
This school is home to the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources. On campus students can travel on energy efficient buses and learn in eco-friendly buildings.
5. College of the Atlantic, Bear Harbour, Maine
This school has been carbon nuetral since 2007. Due to the eco awareness of the student body, all students graduate with a B.A. in Human Ecology, as well as their other chosen major. 90% of the campus’s lighting is in the form of compact fluorescents.
6. Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington
Students at this campus are so environmentally friendly that they introduced a clean-energy fee. The college uses a host of energy efficient vehicles and even maintains a self-sufficient farm where it teaches students organic agriculture.
7. University of California, Santa Cruz
According to grist.com: “One of eight UC schools that are part of the California Climate Action Registry, which tracks greenhouse-gas emissions, UCSC has a student-created fund for buying renewable energy credits, and is home to the Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems.”
8. University of California, Berkeley
Also included on Princeton’s Green Honor Roll, this campus’s food provider was the first to be organically certified. They have pledged to reduce their carbon emissions to that of 1994 levels by 2014.
9. University of California, Los Angeles
Water in many of the dorms is heated by solar energy and this school is renowned for being a forerunner in recycling.
10. Oberlin College, Ohio
On campus, students can choose organic food and rent energy efficient vehicles. The college encourages student environmental awareness by hosting the Ecolympics; an environmental themed challenge between dorms.
11. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts
With 17 LEED approved buildings, solar powered energy and a collection of CFL’s Harvard is recognized by the Princeton Green Honor Roll as one of the country’s best in resource conservation.
12. University of New Hampshire, Durham
Grist says: “This school, which held a sustainable commencement in 2009, gets most of its energy from landfill gas, and with an organic dairy research farm and a new double major in EcoGastronomy, it leads the way in focusing on sustainable agriculture and food practices.”
13. Arizona State, Tempe, Arizona
This college can boast serious green credentials. They established the School of Sustainability in 2007 and have more solar panels than any other U.S. college. The school offers various green degrees and its president Michael Crow co-chairs the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment.
14. Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
Yale provides its student with a one acre market garden. As a result of this, over half the food on campus is organic, seasonal or locally grown. The school is also the base for extensive environmental and conservation research.
15. University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
The school pledges that it will be waste free by 2015 and have just built the nation’s first LEED platinum certified football complex.
16. Bates College, Lewiston, Maine
Grist says: “Bates does a good job of favoring local food, diverting food waste, and using renewable energy, and offers Prius rentals to its eco-savvy student body.”
17. Willamette University, Salem, Oregon
This campus features a gold standard LEED residence Hall and recycles 50% of food waste into compost. Their Center for Sustainable Communities hires students to execute various green projects.
18. Warren Wilson College, Asheville, North Carolina
A recipient of the Outstanding College Recycling Award, this college takes waste management seriously; composting all food from their dining halls.
19. Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pennsylvania
According to grist: “Dickinson has committed that all new buildings will meet at least a LEED Silver certification. The college also has a Center for Environmental and Sustainability Education and an organic farm, and has eliminated Styrofoam from its dining services.”
20. New York University, New York
While the older buildings need renovation to meet LEED standards, NYU offers organic food and uses renewable energy for all its energy purposes.