Many colleges across the country are making an effort to be more environmentally friendly. From changing the way buildings are built to cutting down on uses of paper, there are many colleges out there trying to make a difference. Recently, The Princeton Review published a guide to 311 Green Colleges. The guide does not rank schools but does list them in various categories and gives profiles on many of them. It’s a great resource for any student looking to go to a school that cares about the environment.
Since the colleges are not ranked, I will argue that my university, UC Davis, is the greenest one. The UC Davis campus is closed to all cars without a special permit, and it has been that way for decades. By riding bicycles to school, students keep the overall carbon footprint of UC Davis very low. UC Davis also has recycling bins all over campus and green waste bins in its dining facilities. Their computer lab printers are automatically set to print on both sides of the paper, and students are encouraged to save paper through fees on excessive printing. Another great thing about UC Davis is that it has several trees with edible fruit. There is no better way to eat local than to walk up to the fig tree behind one’s lecture hall and grab a snack off of it. There is also a student-run organic farm some distance from the main campus.
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