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September 3, 2009

University of Washington recognized for leadership in sustainability according to, a weblog devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter and more sustainable future.

"With back to school season in full swing, we couldn’t help but wonder which colleges and universities are rated at the top of the green class. And with all the research that high school Juniors and Seniors put into selecting their future higher education institution, sustainable initiatives on campuses are becoming an increasingly important thing to consider. We did a little due diligence of our own with the help of Sierra’s Top Cool Schools, the Princeton Review’s Green Score card, and Greenopia’s University Ranking Guide, to save you the hassle. Here’s our report of the five schools that consistently make the green top 10.


1. University of Washington

The only program that consistently ranked at the top of all three major surveys, the University of Washington has signed the President’s Climate Commitment and were founding members of the Seattle Climate partnership requiring the university to purchase power that is 100% renewable. All new buildings are required to meet LEED Silver standards, and they already have 4 LEED accredited buildings on campus. UW has a comprehensive composting program and currently diverts 40% of its waste. They also have stringent water conservation policies and more than a quarter of its food is grown locally, organic, or from fair trade sources."