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Warren Wilson is No. 4 nationwide on Sierra Club’s “10 Coolest Schools” list

By: Ben Anderson

Sierra Magazine

A recent surge in green initiatives by public universities couldn’t dislodge Warren Wilson College from another top four ranking among Sierra Magazine’s "10 Coolest Schools" in the fight against global warming. The feature is the cover story of the September/October issue, which includes Sierra’s annual Green College Guide.

The 2008 ranking marked the second consecutive year that Warren Wilson has ranked first in the Southeast and among Sierra’s top four schools nationwide. With an undergraduate enrollment of about 900, Warren Wilson is the only school in the top 10 with fewer than 2,000 students – in stark contrast to huge public universities such as Arizona State (51,500 students) that also landed in the top 10.

In the article titled "Cool Crowd: 10 That Get It," Sierra writes of Warren Wilson:

“Forgoing football games and frats, Warren Wilson’s Fighting Owls work 15 hours per week plowing the college’s organic fields or helping with ecofriendly building projects.”

According to the magazine, the top schools earned points in 10 categories: policies for building, energy, food, investment, procurement, and transportation; curriculum; environmental activism; waste management; and overall commitment to sustainability.

A perfect score in every area would give a school 100 points. Warren Wilson scored a total of 88.5, behind Middlebury College (93), University of Colorado at Boulder (91.5) and University of Vermont at Burlington (91). The only other college or university in the Southeast to crack the “Cool Schools” top 10 was the 50,000-student University of Florida, which ranked No. 7.

You read about Warren Wilson and its No. 4 ranking by clicking here.


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