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Who's Cool?

Michael Brune | Posted 10.12.2014 | Green
Michael Brune

In addition to committing to renewable energy and divesting from dirty fuels, colleges and universities can use their influence to advocate for statewide policies that will bring more clean energy online.

Cool Schools Lead the Way

Quentin James | Posted 10.19.2013 | Green
Quentin James

This week, Sierra magazine released its seventh annual ranking of America's greenest schools, a salute to colleges that are helping to solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably.

America's Greenest College Is ...

Posted 08.14.2013 | College

Vegetarian meal options, trayless dining halls, slashing of water use and almost 600 sustainability-related classes are just some of the reasons Sierr...

America's Greenest Colleges: SIERRA Magazine List (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Alyssa Creamer | Posted 08.15.2012 | College

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 A...

An Environmentally Conscious Traveler's Toolbox

Sierra | Posted 09.01.2012 | Travel

Jetting around the globe is a wonderful way to gain a better appreciation of our planet, but it bloats your carbon footprint, which isn't good for the Earth.

Heirloom Boom

Sierra | Posted 08.29.2012 | Green

Seed Savers has blossomed into a 13,000-member nonprofit whose mission is to preserve and spread heirloom (nonhybrid, that is) vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers by exchanging and selling seeds.

How Schools Are Saving The Planet

Avital Andrews | Posted 10.17.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Good professors know that discussing nature in the confines of a classroom is not likely to stir the soul, no matter how enlightening the lesson. What awakens, they realize, is experience. Getting hands dirty. Immersion.

The Greenest Colleges

Posted 10.17.2011 | College

How green is your college? Do you ride your bike to class? Do you eschew textbooks for e-books? Is your cafeteria trayless? The folks at Sierra mag...

E-Readers Versus Old Fashioned Books -- Which Is Greener?

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

The E-Reader would seem to be more environmentally friendly than your typical paper and cardboard book. Should we be buying them this holiday season?

Green Your Caffeine

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Schwab

Every day, citizens of our planet down 2.5 billion cups of coffee. Yearly, that's enough coffee filters, grounds and paper cups to circle the globe 55 times when placed end to end.

CU-Boulder Falls 12 Spots In Sierra Club's Green Rankings

Boulder Daily Camera | Brittany Anas | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The University of Colorado needs to pass its green crown to Green Mountain College, a school in Vermont that celebrated last Earth Day by installing a...

Mixed Reviews: Our Trail Mix Taste Test Proves To Be Divisive

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

No one knows exactly when humans first paired nuts with dried fruit and thought, "Gorp! I must have this as I journey forth afoot."

Tea, Green: Five Experts Serve Up Their Favorite Eco-Friendly Brews

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

The tea industry has an ugly history of deforesting, damaging biodiversity, and using pesticides. To promote more enlightened sipping, we asked five experts to name their preferred brew.

Green Your Valentine's Day: Four Tips

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

I know, I know: Valentine's Day is nothing more than a Hallmark holiday, promoted mainly to increase consumerism. Or is it? Turns out you can actually...

Mayim Bialik's Latest Role: Green Mom

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

We know her as Blossom, that spunky adolescent on that eponymous sitcom. But since the series ended in 1995, Mayim Bialik, now 33, has truly blossomed.

Green Gifts That Keep Giving

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Shopping for picky loved ones is difficult enough. Factor in your commitment to eco-sensitive products, and a holiday shopping mission can become as daunting as an unaided ascent up El Cap.