Number one in the nation was the University of Connecticut, followed by Dickinson College, University of California at Irvine, University of California at Davis, Cornell University, Green Mountain College, Stanford University, Georgia Institute of Technology, American University and University of California at Santa Barbara.
Schools were judged on the learning experiences they offered – both inside and outside of the curriculum.
At CU, the Eco-Reps program featured student educators. Residence halls hired “Eco-Leaders” each year to support the universities sustainability program. The school also promoted all phases of recycling, including reducing and reusing waste, composting and, single-stream recycling. It hosted Computers to Youth program to provide surplus computers to low-income middle and high school students in Colorado.
With the help of sponsor Ball Corp., CU Recycling also offered a “Green on the Screen: Digital Media Contest.” Student contestants could win $1,000 for their video entries that promote recycling on the CU campus.
DU had the “Take Back the Tap” campaign. At the grassroots level, it worked to gain the support of undergraduate and graduate students to stop consuming bottled water on campus. Supporters met with the school administration worked to curb and eventually stop the sale of bottled water on campus. It held an online survey and a taste test. The campaign was advertised by poster and was highlighted by bottle-filling stations around campus.