10 Best Socially Conscious Colleges

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Industry News, Media

As much as we hate to admit it around the office, fall is quickly closing in on us. Not to play Debbie Downer, but you’ve probably also noticed that the days are getting shorter, the kids are headed back to school, and Halloween displays are already up in full force at your local grocery store [insert eye roll at the absurdity of holiday commercialism here]. But if you’re a high school senior, the cooler weather and crunch of falling leaves also mean the dreaded college application process. And while we can’t write your admissions essays for you, we CAN throw in our two cents about some of the top “Green Colleges” in America. Roozt is no Princeton Review by any means, but feel free to use this as your entirely unofficial guide to some cool off-beat schools and programs, from around the country.

(Much kudos to our buddies over at TheDailyGreen.com for the inspiration!)

College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor ME

The first U.S. college to go carbon neutral, COA educates several hundred students in Human Ecology, or the study of our impact on the planet (with lessons in green building, land conservation, and toxin elimination). And with only locally sourced, organic meals on the dining menu, it sure beats crappy dorm food! http://www.coa.edu

Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa NC

WWC takes “sustainability” above and beyond, getting all food and lumber from their own organic gardens and forests (kid you not, even their chainsaws run on soy oil). Their campus vehicles run on biodiesel, and all streetlights and carts are solar-powered. Not to mention, students recycle and compost as much as they can, and Warren Wilson even has a “free store” where the gently used items that one student drops off are another peer’s treasure find. http://www.warren-wilson.edu

Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

Arguably one of the prettiest campus settings, the grounds include 800 acres of forests and beaches, and a full-fledged organic farm. There, students can study everything from organic farming, to ecology, to conservation. The campus also boasts electric cars, 100% clean power, and green buildings. http://www.evergreen.edu

Berea College, Berea KY

Ever heard of a sustainable EcoVillage on a college campus? If not, then you clearly haven’t heard of Berea. With the “no biggie” goals of a 75% reduction in energy and h20 use, and 50% reduction in solid waste, they are clearly some of the most determined of the bunch. The Village also uses only eco-friendly appliances, solar panels, heavy insulation, wind-power, and rainwater collectors. Now that is green living! http://www.berea.edu

Harvard University, Cambridge MA

Ever thought you’d see this one coming? In case those overachievers weren’t already some of the smartest brains in the country, they had to go and add “leaders in sustainability” to their resume. One of the top purchasers of renewable energy, the campus also uses only recycled paper (and prints on both sides), has reduced waste by 73%, and converted school trucks to run on spare vegetable oil from the dining halls. http://www.harvard.edu

One interesting thing to note: for how much of a West Coast stereotype there is surrounding “going green,” the majority of Top Green Colleges reside on the Atlantic. Just goes to show that this is no longer the “hippies in Berkley” movement of the 1960s. You don’t have to be a treehugger to help the environment…sustainability is here to stay!

CG with the Roozt team

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