Sierra Club ranks UF a "Cool School"
U.S. News and World Report may have ranked the University of Florida a lowly 53rd on its recently released list of “America’s Best Colleges,” but the Sierra Club announced Tuesday that the school is No. 7 on its list of “Cool Schools” -- those that have been quickest to adopt green building standards, expand environmental studies programs, and convert fleets to zero-emission vehicles.
UF, the only Florida school to make the list, earned 86 points out of a possible 100 in categories such as environmental activism, waste management and overall commitment to sustainability. The Sierra Club complimented UF for recovering 40 percent of its waste and for pledging to divert, reclaim, or reuse 100 percent of it by 2015.
With 50,000 students, UF was one of the largest schools on the list. Most schools, including No. 1-rated Middlebury College in Vermont and No. 2-rated University of Colorado at Boulder, have fewer than 30,000 students.
Meanwhile, a handfull of shools made the Sierra Club’s “5 That Fail” list: the College of William and Mary, George Washington University, Howard University, Texas Tech and Valdosta State.
Donna Winchester, higher education reporter