Summerland, CA (PRWEB) September 15, 2010
Greenopia updated its comprehensive environmental rating of 100 of the largest universities in the United States. In its findings, the greenest school for the second straight year was the University of Washington. Other schools that received Greenopia’s highest honor, a score of 4 out of 4 leafs, were the University of California – Santa Barbara, University of California – San Diego, Harvard University, Duke University, University of California – Davis, and Georgia Institute of Technology.
Rounding out the top 10 greenest schools were the University of Florida, Colorado State, and Stanford University.
With environmental awareness increasing daily, it is not surprising that the environment is becoming a crucial part of education. While most universities offer some sort of environmental program, the greening of college facilities has not necessarily been as aggressive.
“For the most part, schools have made a strong commitment to green their buildings by retrofitting or by adopting LEED standards for new construction,” said Doug Mazeffa, Research Director of Greenopia. “But, we still see a lot of schools lagging in sourcing local and/or organic food, utilizing green maintenance vehicles, and sourcing green energy.”
Greenopia used a comprehensive set of criteria to determine its college ratings. Data was collected from the university itself or from other credible sources pertaining to the green building design, waste program, food selection, campus vehicle fleet, water conservation measures, climate performance, renewable energy usage, and the overall environmental transparency of the school.
“The University of Washington has a unique distinction of being the greenest school on our list for the second straight year,” said Gay Browne, Founder of Greenopia. “The University of California campuses also had a very strong showing with 3 of them being in our top 6 schools.”
The ratings are available for free on the Greenopia website.
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