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10 of the Greenest Universities in the US

US universities have upped their game in recent years to become more environmentally friendly, with various sustainability goals and projects.

UE - US universities have upped their game in recent years to become more environmentally friendly, with various sustainability goals and projects. As universities become ‘green’ in the sustainable sense, many have also invested and maintaining beautiful green campuses, which make them ideal study locations for lovers of the great outdoors. Here are 10 US universities that are quite literally blooming!

1. University of California, Davis

Ranked 95th in the QS World University Rankings® 2014/15, the University of California, Davis has frequently been commended for being a very green university.

2. Brown University

Located in the city of Providence, Rhode Island, Brown University has a great deal of green space, and thus does not resemble a typical urban campus.

3. University of California, Berkeley

Going back to California, our next green university is the University of California, Berkeley, currently ranked 27th in the world overall, and first in the world for environmental sciences.

4. Colorado State University

An expansive green area some 2,065 feet (629 m) around, lined with 65 American elm trees at the heart of the main campus. Then there’s Pingree Park, the university’s unique mountain campus, which offers the opportunity for students to leave the hectic pace of urban life behind and be immersed in the natural world of the Rocky Mountains.

5. Green Mountain College

Not only is Vermont’s Green Mountain College very appropriately named for this list of green universities, it’s also a very environmentally friendly institution, priding itself on incorporating environmental sustainability across the curriculum.

6. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

The American Society of Landscape Architects selected the Carolina campus as one of the most beautifully landscaped spots in the country. The university’s Botanical Gardens include many impressive green features, including solar energy generation, geothermal wells, and cisterns which store rainwater for future irrigation use.

7. Stanford University

This green university is located on an 8,180-acre (3,310 ha) campus on the San Francisco Peninsula, which has been listed by Travel + Leisure as one of the most beautiful campuses in the US.

8. Georgetown University

The university’s green spaces include fountains, a cemetery, large clusters of flowers, groves of trees, and open quadrangles. Today, Georgetown University is pursuing a range of practical approaches to sustainability, including an ambitious commitment to halve its carbon footprint by 2020.

9. Emory University

Located around 15 minutes from downtown Atlanta in the tree-lined suburban neighborhood of Druid Hills, Emory University is ranked 156th in the world and has consistently been praised as one of the greenest universities in the US. The campus is also rich in natural beauty, open spaces, trees and plant life.

10. Cornell University

It was also ranked at number six in the 2015 Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges.

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