Sierra Magazine: Explore, enjoy and protect the planet.
By Avital Andrews
1: University of Connecticut
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Storrs, Connecticut

SCORE: 850.14 | STUDENTS: 22,301

This year's winning school offers almost 600 sustainability-related classes taught by some of the greenest minds anywhere—more than 40% of UConn's research faculty does original academic work that benefits the environment. Since 2005, the main campus, in Storrs, has slashed its water use by 15%—and over the past two years, 13 of its buildings were retrofitted to prevent 2,640 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually. In the trayless dining halls, 30% of meal options are vegetarian, and more than a quarter of the food is processed within 100 miles, with many ingredients harvested right on campus: Honey comes from UConn's apiaries, fresh eggs from the agriculture department, and seasonal produce from student-run gardens (shown above). Farther afield, the school's Forest Committee tends more than 2,000 acres of open space.

Photo courtesy of Peter Morenus/University of Connecticut



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