UNH ranked in top 20 'cool schools' for sustainability
The seventh annual ranking rates how United States colleges and universities are helping to solve climate problems and make significant efforts to operate sustainability.
"We have been recognized by all of these lists for the last six or seven years, and it's really nice to be recognized for the leadership role that we play," said Sara Cleaves, associate director at the UNH Sustainability Institute.
The University of Connecticut was the top ranked school followed by Dickinson College in Pennsylvania and University of California, Irvine. Green Mountain College in Vermont was ranked sixth and was the only other college in New England to make the top 10.
Other New Hampshire colleges did not rank as well. Dartmouth College ranked 108th, followed by Plymouth State University ranking 150th out of 162 colleges and universities that participated.
"We were really happy with the fact that schools are making the effort to go through our really lengthy survey and respond, not just for our own sake, but to take the opportunity to measure all those things on campus," Andrews said.
Cleaves said how the university invests endowment funds continues to be a discussion point, but said sometimes change is a slow process.
The university is also investing in more courses and curriculum focused on sustainability issues, with more on the way, Cleaves said.
"They want to be at a place that walks the talk and a rating system like 'Cool Schools' is an easy way for students to find that kind of information," Cleaves said. "And we're always honored the commitment we have made to sustainability is recognized by Sierra."
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