Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vermont, topped the Sierra Club's list of 20 "coolest" schools for their efforts to stop climate change and educate students about sustainability.
The 4th annual list was published in the September/October issue of Sierra magazine. It includes small liberal arts colleges, like Green Mountain, which generates its own biomass power on campus, as well as large research universities like Georgia Tech, which teaches sustainable engineering classes.
"With all of the environmental challenges we face, it's heartening to see the leadership these schools demonstrate when it comes to protecting the planet," said Michael Brune, the Sierra Club's executive director. "This generation of students cares deeply about protecting the environment, stopping global warming, and increasing our prosperity through innovation."
The 2010 list is as follows:
1. Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vermont)
2. Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pennsylvania)
3. Evergreen State College (Olympia, Washington)
4. University of Washington (Seattle, Washington)
5. Stanford University (Palo Alto, California)
6. University of California, Irvine (Irvine, California)
7. Northland College (Ashland, Wisconsin)
8. Harvard University (Cambridge, Massachusetts)
9. College of the Atlantic (Bar Harbor, Maine)
10. Hampshire College (Amherst, Massachusetts)
11. University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, California)
11. [TIE] Middlebury College (Middlebury, Vermont)
13. University of Colorado, Boulder (Boulder, Colorado)
14. Warren Wilson College (Asheville, North Carolina)
15. University California, San Diego (San Diego, California)
16. University of California, Davis (Davis, California)
16. [TIE] University of Vermont (Burlington, Vermont)
18. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
19. New York University (New York, New York)
20. Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia)
The complete scorecard is available at the link below.