Colleges given green grades
How green is your alma mater? Check out the 2009 College Sustainability Report Card, which grades 300 U.S. and Canadian schools on their green practices. The colleges are evaluated in areas including climate and energy, food and recycling, green building, student involvement, and transportation. Many pass those categories with flying colors, but in areas “like shareholder engagement and endowment transparency … [about] half or more of schools are still getting grades of F,” says Mark Orlowski of the Sustainable Endowments Institute, which issues the report card. Nonetheless, 75 percent of the schools scored an overall B or C, and two-thirds received a higher grade then last year. Fifteen received an A or A- and were thus declared College Sustainability Leaders: Brown, Carleton, Columbia, Dartmouth, Dickinson, Harvard, Middlebury, Oberlin, Stanford, and the Universities of British Columbia (pictured), Colorado, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Vermont, and Washington.