UConn, Yale, Greenest Campuses, Sierra Magazine Survey

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Want to find a green campus in your own backyard? The University of Connecticut and Yale University were just named among the 10 greenest schools in the country, according to a Sierra magazine survey released Tuesday.

Of the 96 four-year universities and colleges that entered the competition, UConn was ranked fifth and Yale was ranked eighth — ahead of schools such as Cornell University (15); Harvard University (18); and the University of California, Berkeley (20).

Avital Andrews, lifestyle editor for the magazine, said UConn ranked high partly because of its extensive recycling program and its new composting facility, while Yale's standing was strong because of its commitment in 2005 to reduce carbon emissions by 43 percent by the year 2020 and for its 14 highly energy-efficient buildings.

At UConn, Andrews said, "students know exactly what to do with old shoes or old appliances. … They have very strong recycling programs. They know not to throw out their stuff. It gets re-used."

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