Capture Higher Ed partner Colby College took a coveted position in the top 10 of Sierra magazine’s list of “Cool Schools 2017,” the publication’s annual ranking of the most “eco-literate” colleges. Sierra, the national magazine of the environmental organization the Sierra Club, also listed several other Capture partners in its complete rankings of Cool Schools.
Colby, which is located in Waterville, Maine, was ranked No. 9 out of nearly 239 eligible colleges that submitted information on a number of environmental practices ranging from food to transportation systems, waste management to investments, and water usage to academics. No. 1 on the list was fellow Maine institution, College of the Atlantic.
“In the 1970’s, Colby was at the vanguard of introducing academic environmental programs,” writes Sierra in the September/October issue. “This past year, it implemented a focus in environmental humanities across all departments.”
But the school’s environmental efforts go well beyond the classroom. Colby also has 15 LEED-certified campus spaces, and its dining hall serves fruits from the Colby Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. In 2013, the college declared carbon neutrality and, soon, it will be generating 16 percent of its electricity with a 1.9-megawatt solar instillation.
According to UCLA’s Higher Education Research Institute, “more than a quarter of prospective college students cite a school’s sustainability commitment as a ‘very important’ factor in their decision about which college or university to attend.”
Sierra’s Cool Schools 2017 Complete Ranking includes five other Capture partners in the top 100: University of New Hampshire, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, Western Kentucky University, University of Louisville and Portland State University. Several other partners appear in the complete list, including the University of Richmond and the University of Toledo.
By Sean Hill, Senior Content Writer, Capture Higher Ed