Friday, August 29, 2014

Sierra Club's 2014 "Cool Schools"

I'm not a big fan of college ranking lists such as the one published by US News and World Report.

Eight years ago, however, the Sierra Club began publishing its list of "Cool Schools," or colleges and universities that have made the commitment to running an environmentally sustainable campus, and I think these schools are worth a look.

For one thing, the schools that rank high on the Sierra Club list are often schools with strong and innovative environmental programs, so if a student is interested in earth science of any sort, a "cool" school might be a good fit.  Also, as Sierra magazine points out, Cool Schools are places where "passionate, creative idealists" can make a difference--where students have a true voice and influence on institutional policy.

This year's top schools include University of California at Irvine, American University in Washington, D.C., and Dickinson College in Carlisle Pennsylvania.

Check out more "Cool Schools" here.

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