College pamphlets often show students lounging in lush green grass, but the reality is that college campuses aren’t always eco-friendly. Energy-sucking iPods constantly blast into the ears of students, laptops are left running for caffeine-induced all-nighters, students play video games for hours on end, and beer cans are thrown on the ground instead of in the recycling bin. Some colleges, though, are trying to change their environmentally destructive ways.
The latest issue of Sierra, the magazine of the Sierra Club, gives a nod to North America’s greenest college campuses. college and university presidents have signed a pledge to make their campuses carbon neutral. The magazine also honors the top ten leaders of the pack who are educating students and combating climate change.