Sierra Club Announces the Nation's "Coolest" Schools

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School is a testing ground for the way we perform later in life. It can mold us into fine upstanding members of society, or not. While environmental responsibility isn't something we have to learn early in life, it certainly makes things easier. College can provide just such an opportunity as highlighted in this month's Sierra Club magazine. Sierra Club named 20 schools celebrated for their green efforts, sustainable initiatives, and immersive environmental education. Did your school make the list?
This week Sierra Club named its list of the top 20 green schools for 2011. These schools are located throughout the nation and come in all shapes and sizes. Here's the list:

1. University of Washington
2. Green Mountain College
3. University of California, San Diego
4. Warren Wilson College
5. Stanford University
6. University of California, Irvine
7. University of California, Santa Cruz
8. University of California, Davis
9. Evergreen State College
10. Middlebury College
11. University of New Hampshire
12. Appalachian State University
13. Colby College
14. Western Washington University
15. University of California, Los Angeles
16. University of Connecticut
17. Clark University
18. Cornell University
19. Bowdoin College
20. University of Maryland

Schools that graced the list did so for different reasons. Middlebury in Vermont, uses biomass to keep warm during the winters and plan to be carbon neutral by 2016. Evergreen College in Olympia, Wash. plans to go carbon neutral by 2020. Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt. uses cattle to harness biomass from manure and has already achieved carbon neutrality. And number 1 University of Washington constructed every building since 2006 up to Gold LEED standards.

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