Add "green" to the University of Maryland school colors.
The Sierra Club ranks the Terps No. 13, among 162 schools, in their seventh annual ranking of America's eco-friendly universities.
Colleges were scored in all areas of sustainability, including outreach, energy consumption, waste management, transportation, innovations and other categories. Maryland received perfect scores in co-curriculum and planning with top grades in the areas of waste management, innovation and transportation as well, according to a recent UMD press release. The University of Connecticut was the highest-ranked school, followed by Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa.
Also, this week, for the second straight year, a team of Maryland students won the Max Tech and Beyond Design Competition for Ultra-Low-Energy-Use Appliances and Equipment.
From the University of Maryland:
Some of the key factors that contributed to the university's high ranking include . . .
— The university decreased its carbon footprint 14.4 percent from 2005 to 2011
— Facilities Management, Dining Services, and the Stamp Student Union partnered to expand compost collection
— Students contributed more than $500,000 to fund 40 sustainability projects led by students, faculty and staff
— More than 200 students declared the Sustainability Studies Minor within the first year of the program
— More than 100 professors in all 13 colleges/schools revised their courses to include sustainability lessons
— More than 120 campus offices participated in the Green Office programs
— Shuttle-UM ridership increased from 1.5 million riders in 2005 to 3.4 million riders in 2012