Last year, 20,000 students hopped on bicycles and rode to the No. 1 most eco-friendly school, according to SIERRA magazine's sixth annual ranking of America's greenest schools.
The ranking is a hat tip to America's universities and colleges with successful, environmentally-conscious operations, and the list even is based on considerations of students' academic ventures.
In a press release, Bob Sipchen, SIERRA magazine’s editor-in-chief, said, “With their ever growing emphasis on environmental responsibility, these schools are channeling the enthusiasm of their students, who consistently cite climate disruption and other environmental issues as the most serious challenges their generation must confront, while demonstrating leadership for other civic institutions.”
A complete 2012 green ranking list and profiles of the top schools' eco-friendly strategies are available on the magazine's website. The best of the schools are in the slideshow below.