Monday, December 16, 2019

Sierra's Greenest Colleges of 2019

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Environmental & Science Education
Campus Sustainability
Edward Hessler

This is the 13th-year that Sierra has "ranked colleges according to which ones offer the best sustainability-focused courses, eco-friendly cafeteria provisions, and carbon-neutral land and energy polices, as well as the most opportunities to engage with the environmental movement."

A Canadian university topped this year's ranking: Thompson Rivers University *, British Columbia. A list of the top 20 schools with a short description of what each is doing may be found here.

The full rankings of all 282 schools may be found here which includes an infographic/interactive map. Minnesota, for example, has six schools on the list; three of them are in the top 100 schools. There is a bar at the top which you can scroll to find how they rank on six categories: curriculum, food & dining, energy, waste, research, and transportation.

*Lyn Baldwin, a plant ecologist in the Thompson Rivers University Biology Department, keeps wonderful journals. They are illustrated with lovely watercolors. Several years worth of them may be viewed at her home page (click on journals). She also is the author of a very helpful booklet, Documenting the Moment, on journal keeping, also on the journal page.  And here is an ERIC summary of her publication on using art in an introductory biology laboratory.

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