#5 Evergreen State College
4,400 students, Olympia, Washington

Evergreen first made headlines for getting rid of grades and majors in the 1970s. Now the college creates buzz with its environmental policies, which include a mandate that all new building projects comply with silver-level Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards. Less than a quarter of students use their intercity bus passes (included with tuition) to get to school, but new bus shelters with solar-powered lighting may help them get jazzed about public transit.

Student activism: At least nine campus organizations take on environmental and social justice issues.

Investments:No transparency or reported sustainable-investing policies.

Score: 88

Photo by Cynthia Miller; used with permission.