College campuses are trying harder all the time to go green and stay there. Sustainable practices help keep universities control waste and cost and teach students the importance of lifelong care of their environment. Every year, the Sierra Club, one of the nation’s chief environmental advocacy organizations, publishes a list of America’s greenest colleges.
While no Catholic university or college made the top 10 list, six ranked in the top 100. They are Loyola Marymount University, No. 26, Santa Clara University, No. 32, Aquinas College (Mich.), No. 41, Seattle University, No. 70, University of Dayton, No. 76, and Marywood University, No. 91.
Colleges were required to self report in a rigorous survey. “To place high, schools had to rock every one of our survey’s categories, from waging war on emissions to serving sustainable foods to teaching a verdant curriculum,” examiners said. “None was perfect.” But out of more than 2,000 U.S. four-year colleges and universities, making the list is a real accomplishment.