Warren Wilson is No. 4 nationwide on Sierra magazine’s 2011 list of “Coolest Schools” – college and universities recognized for their efforts to stop global warming and to operate sustainably. The “Coolest Schools” are featured as the cover story of Sierra’s September/October issue.
Warren Wilson has appeared on the annual list ever since it was launched by Sierra in 2007. The only other school in the Southeast to make the 2011 list is Appalachian State University, at No. 12.
According to the magazine, “Each year since 2007, we at Sierra have sat in our offices for weeks doing the detailed, quantitative work to rank U.S. universities on their greenness. This year, we also wanted to find out what lessons are learned when the classroom walls fall away.
“To derive the numbers, we asked the Sierra Club’s conservation experts to help us rejigger our 12-page questionnaire to reflect the Club’s most pressing priorities. We e-mailed surveys to 940 schools…. We corresponded with many of the colleges’ devoted sustainability officers.”
The “Coolest Schools” article in Sierra notes, “As part of Warren Wilson’s put-on-your-boots-and-grab-a-shovel philosophy, students grow trees, alfalfa, and corn and raise cows, pigs, and chickens on the school’s 250-acre farm.”
Observes Sierra editor-in-chief Bob Sipchen: “When students take what they’ve learned in the classroom and proceed to get their hands dirty in the real world, they realize the potential they have to make a difference. We’re thrilled to highlight these forward-thinking schools for emphasizing environmental responsibility, and for teaching, inspiring, and empowering students to effect real change.”
In addition to many other green accolades, Warren Wilson was named to The Princeton Review’s 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll comprising 16 schools, and to U.S. News & World Report’s list of “10 Eco-Friendly College Campuses.”