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U.S. College Campuses Go Green

The United States has some of the most beautiful college campuses in the world. And many of these are going green! Check out this photo gallery on some of the colleges, which are embracing sustainability inside their campuses and outside in the community.


The Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University is a recycled building. Originally constructed in 1964-65 and home to the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, the building was completely renovated in 2007-08 to integrate sustainability features that reduce consumption and waste. Photograph copyright Arizona Board of Regents 2016. Used with permission.


Arizona State University is working to reduce its energy consumption, increase efficiency and minimize harmful emissions related to energy consumption. Photograph copyright Arizona Board of Regents 2016. Used with permission.


The Kathryn W. Davis Village is the College of the Atlantic’s “greenest” housing complex. The houses are heated by a biomass pellet boiler system and are energy-efficient. The college is based on Mount Desert Island in Maine. Photograph © Eager Eye


The produce from the organic farm at Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, is served in campus eateries, sold through a Community Supported Agriculture program and a farm stand on campus, and donated to local food banks. The farm is also used to teach courses such as organic agriculture. Photograph courtesy Evergreen State College


Ithaca College’s Dorothy D. and Roy H. Park Center for Business and Sustainable Enterprise has been certified to the LEED Platinum level by the U.S. Green Building Council. Photograph courtesy Ithaca College


The ski team truck at Middlebury College runs on waste vegetable oil from the campus dining halls. Photograph courtesy Middlebury College


Workers install solar panels on the roof of University of Colorado Center for Innovation and Creativity in Boulder. Photograph by Glenn Asakawa/University of Colorado


The University of New Hampshire's EcoLine is a landfill gas-to-energy project that will use purified methane gas from a Waste Management landfill as the campus’ main energy source. Photograph by Mike Ross/UNH Photographic Services


Local and sustainably-grown items constitute about three quarters of the food served at Emory University. The university also supports sustainable food producers by hosting a farmers market in season. Students, faculty and staff can learn about sustainability through observing and tending special gardens on campus. Photograph courtesy Emory University


In April 2013, Colby became the fourth college in the United States to achieve carbon neutrality. A wood-fueled biomass boiler reduces the college’s oil consumption by roughly a million gallons annually. Based in Waterville, Maine, the college also has 12 LEED-certified buildings and a commitment to seeking LEED certification for all new construction and renovation. Photograph courtesy www.colby.edu


Warren Wilson College’s EcoDorm, a model of energy-efficient building design and renewable-energy technologies, has achieved LEED Platinum recertification. The building is home to solar hot water and photovoltaic panels, rainwater harvesting, high-efficiency boilers and radiant floor heating. Photograph courtesy Warren Wilson College