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UConn ranks first on Sierra Club's greenest campuses list

Green campuses matter because students are likely to continue environmental lifestyle after graduation, Sierra Club says

Some 600 sustainability-related classes and a 15 percent reduction in water use over the past several years pushed the University of Connecticut to the top of the Sierra Club’s 2013 list of greenest campuses.

UConn also has cut 2,640 tons of carbon dioxide emissions within the last two years by retrofitting 13 buildings. And a quarter of the food served in its trayless dining halls is processed within 100 miles of campus, with some ingredients grown at the university, according the rankings.

Green campuses matter because students who study or practice environmentalism in college are likely to continue that lifestyle after graduation, the Sierra Club says on its website.

Here is the top 10 list:

1. University of Connecticut

2. Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.)

3. University of California, Irvine

4. University of California at Davis

5. Cornell University

6. Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vt.)

7. Stanford University

8. Georgia Institute of Technology

9. American University (Washington D.C.)

10. University of California, Santa Barbara

The club says 162 schools participated in the survey. UConn got 850 points out of a possible 1,000. Click here for the complete rankings.

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