Nearly one out of every five home builders says 90 percent of the homes they build are green. The number of devoted green builders is expected to double by 2018 as green living becomes the norm and more families opt for sustainable lifestyles at home. It comes as no surprise then that the green movement is picking up steam on college and university campuses nationwide as well as in homes:
- College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, is the first college to become completely carbon neutral. The college has its own organic farm, uses only recycled paper and composts all its food waste.
- The University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, is on track to become the first Catholic college in the U.S. to completely divest from coal and fossil fuels.
- University of California – Los Angeles plans to generate 100 percent renewable energy and use 100 percent local water by 2050.
- Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vermont, invested in a $12 million biomass plant as part of its plan to become carbon neutral by 2016. The biomass plant cuts the use of heating oil in half, reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 40 percent and generates 20 percent of the campus’ electricity.
- Washington, D.C.’s George Washington University and American University made the largest non-utility solar energy purchase in the U.S. as part of their joint 20-year plan to reduce the carbon footprints of the two universities and the George Washington University Hospital. The solar power will generate energy for more than half of the universities’ electricity needs and more than one-third of the hospital’s needs, while its carbon reduction equates to taking 12,500 cars off the road.
Given the arms race to become the greenest campus in the nation, College Prowler wanted to find out which school is currently the greenest in each U.S. state. The company ranked each college and university on a scale from one to 10, taking into consideration the number of green-certified buildings on campus as well as its sustainability initiatives and programs. Pitzer College in Claremont, California, took the top spot in the state and nationwide and was the only school to receive a perfect 10.
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