Sierra magazine has released its annual Cool School list, a ranking of the greenest four year, degree granting colleges and universities in the United States.
Rankings are based on responses from a questionnaire that is part of the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a program of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. This year, 135 schools participated.
Sierra, in discussing the methodology of its ranking, reports:
Our results suggest that while many universities are making admirable progress, no school has yet attained complete sustainability. In 2015, the top-rated university scored 859.75 out of a possible 1,000 points, indicating much work completed but also room for improvement... The United States has more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities, and we acknowledge that many schools that care about the environment don't appear on Sierra's list.
To see the full list of schools and discover which one took the first place ranking, visit the article at Sierra magazine.