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By Avital Andrews
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Stanford University
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Palo Alto, California

SCORE: 763.82 | STUDENTS: 15,666

"Sustainability must become a core value in everything we do," wrote Stanford president John Hennessy. Over five years, the California school raised more than $430 million for its Initiative on the Environment and Sustainability. The Stanford Energy System Innovations program is building a new energy facility that'll halve the 8,180-acre campus's CO2 emissions and cut its water use by almost a fifth. Some 130 professors spanning 40 departments teach 700-plus sustainability-related classes. No surprise, then, that three dozen student clubs are green-themed and that recycling and composting are big: The waste-diversion rate here tops 66%, and the goal is zero waste. The students in the above photo might look like lacrosse players, but they're members of the Stanford Gleaning Project on their way to harvest loquats from the campus's Main Quadrangle; the fruit is donated to local hunger-relief organizations.

Photo courtesy of Linda A. Cicero/Stanford News Service

This article has been corrected.



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