The Greenest (Richest) Colleges

| Wed Oct. 24, 2007 6:07 PM EDT

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The Sustainable Endowments Institute released its 2008 College Sustainability Report Card this week. Download the full report (including a list of the 200 colleges included and their overall green grades) here.

The grades themselves are not especially interesting—with a few exceptions, giant endowment=giant sustainability program. While no one got an A, Harvard and Dartmouth received an A-, and Yale got a B+. Yawn.

But the report does offer a few more newsworthy nuggets. It's interesting to note, for example, that more than one in three schools included in the list have full-time staff dedicated to sustainability, and three in five schools have green building projects.

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Only the 200 best endowed colleges in the U.S. and Canada are included in the report card. This is a shame, since schools outside that elite 200 are making green strides, too, and often, they're doing it on a shoestring. This requires some ingenuity. Grist's list includes both the usual Ivy League suspects and some scrappier institutions, too.

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