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08/17/2011

Sierra Magazine Announces the Nation's "Coolest" Schools

 
Green-Schools

Sierra magazine announces the fifth annual ranking of the nation's "Coolest Schools," a salute to the efforts of U.S. colleges that help solve climate issues and operate sustainably. The magazine honors the schools that are making a difference for the planet, from UC Irvine's energy-efficiency standards to Stanford's commitment to maintaining undeveloped open space to Green Mountain College sourcing nearly half of its energy from, yes, cow manure.

"When students take what they've learned in the classroom and proceed to get their hands dirty in the real world, they realize the potential they have to make a difference," says Bob Sipchen, Sierra magazine's editor-in-chief. "We're thrilled to highlight these forward-thinking schools for emphasizing environmental responsibility, and for teaching, inspiring, and empowering students to affect real change."

This year's top schools prove that schools of all sizes – the University of Washington has 40,000 students, while College of the Atlantic has 321 – are taking dramatic action to help preserve the planet and its resources.

The top 20 schools of 2011 are:

1.         University of Washington (Seattle, WA)

2.         Green Mountain College (Poultney, VT)

3.         University of California, San Diego (San Diego, CA)

4.         Warren Wilson College (Asheville, NC)

5.         Stanford University (Stanford, CA)

6.         University of California, Irvine (Irvine, CA)

7.         University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA)

8.         University of California, Davis (Davis, CA)

9.         Evergreen State College (Olympia, WA)

10.       Middlebury  College (Middlebury, VT)

11.       University of New Hampshire (Durham, NH)

12.       Appalachian State University (Boone, NC)

13.       Colby College (Waterville, ME)

14.       Western Washington University (Bellingham, WA)

15.       University of California, Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)

16.       University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT)

17.       Clark University (Worcester, MA)

18.       Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)

19.       Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)

20.       University of Maryland (College Park, MD)


    The University of Washington, in particular, has shown a true commitment to greening its campus and providing students and faculty with departments and programs that focus on environmental responsibility, including the Center for Sustainable Forestry at Pack Forest, the Alaska Salmon Program, and the Center for Ecogenetics and Environmental Health. In addition, UW's campus gets 90% of its energy from hydropower.

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    Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.


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    09/22/2014

    Fort Carson in Colorado is well on its way to reaching the goal of net-zero energy by 2020. 

    09/19/2014

    New regulations from the DOE would improve commercial air conditioner efficiency by as much as 30%. 

    09/18/2014

    A new study suggests that the installed cost of photovoltaic solar power continues to drop in the U.S.

    09/17/2014

    A new technology developed at Rice University effectively deices glass surfaces while remaining transparent for radio frequency transmission.

    09/16/2014

    The USGBC and American Chemistry Council have put aside their differences to work together on new improvements to the LEED certification system. 

    09/15/2014

    Researchers have developed a new process to help cloud computing systems use less energy while continuing to provide high levels of data services.

    09/12/2014

    Researchers have found the main factors that influence the amount and type of building damage caused by various types of salts. 

    09/11/2014

    A new study has demonstrated that proactive ergonomic training can decrease worker discomfort and increase productivity. 

    09/10/2014

    The University of Utah has upgraded its historic Dumke Health Professions Education building to save an impressive 40% on energy costs.

    09/09/2014

    Hoping to build on LEED's success, PEER evaulates the performance and modernization of electric grids. 

    09/08/2014

    The USGBC has developed a new tool to help streamline the LEED certification process. 

    09/05/2014

    Researchers have developed a fluorescent lamp that emits Wi-Fi signals to allow connectivity throughout buildings.

    09/04/2014

    Tests show effective measures for reducing earthquake damage to computer servers. 

    09/03/2014

    Health costs drop by half as a result of environmental regulations.

    09/02/2014

    A new study challenges the idea that sparse workplaces produce happier, more productive employees.

    08/29/2014

    New tool from FEMA helps facility managers prepare for and mitigate the effects of nonstructural earthquake damage. 

    08/28/2014

    Is your building's exterior prepared for consistent snowstorms?

    08/27/2014

    Researchers have developed wearable, customizable technology to handle access control at busy hotels. 

    08/26/2014

    A new study shows that hotels which are LEED certified bring in more revenue than their non-certified competitors. 

    08/25/2014

    Policies designed to reduce carbon emissions have the added benefit of increasing air quality, which could pay for the reduction policies themselves. 

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