The Greenest (Richest) Colleges


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.

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.