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Bard Ranks in Top Half of Greenest Schools
Sierra magazine's "Coolest Schools" ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States. In February 2010, surveys were sent to 900 schools. In addition, an announcement was placed in the February 12, 2010, issue of the Chronicle of Education, encouraging any school that wished to take part to contact Sierra. Schools that requested a survey were provided one and encouraged to submit. One hundred and sixty-two colleges turned in a survey. There was no cost for participation, and no affiliation or relationship between a college and the Sierra Club or its employees, past or present, had any effect on the outcome.
The "Coolest Schools" rankings are an index that, while not able to account for every environmental initiative or program, provides information about some of the most important elements of campus sustainability.
There are more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, meaning that the schools on the "Coolest Schools" index are in the top 10 percent when it comes to the environment. Students, faculty, sustainability staff, and administrators who have taken steps to make their campuses more environmentally friendly would be justified in feeling proud about this accomplishment. Yet each school also has the opportunity to build on their successes in the coming year. For many schools, the most important next step is purchasing cleaner sources of energy.
This event was last updated on 08-24-2010