10 of the Greenest Colleges in the U.S.

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Trees on Tufts University Campus Photo

Not only does Tufts University (MA) (roughly 10,000 students) have all of the typical LEED buildings and local produce options, but it also swapped out all of its cleaning products and materials for non-toxic and hypoallergenic products. In 1990, on 90% of floor space, the university switched to high-efficiency lighting, and now a CFL exchange program gives students free CFLs when they turn in their old light bulbs. In cafeterias, roughly 1 ton of food is composted daily, diverting 62% of food and non-food waste from the landfills. Throughout the year, all buildings are monitored through a temperature program conceived to optimize heating and cooling levels. Students can also opt for wind energy for dorm rooms for a mere $15 per semester. In addition, students annually throw a Climate Fest, which includes green prizes, music and other activities to educate the student body on climate change.

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