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PSU named to Sierra Club "Cool Schools" list
Author: David Santen, Office of University Communications
Posted: August 16, 2010

Sierra Club Cool SchoolsPortland State University has been recognized in the Sierra Club's annual "Cool Schools" list as one of America's 100 greenest colleges. The list appears in the September/October 2010 issue of Sierra Magazine.

The Sierra Club assessed schools' commitments to sustainability across ten areas: energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and a catch-all section for "other initiatives."

Scores (0-10) were awarded for each category. Portland State earned a perfect 10 for its transportation initiatives—one of only four schools to do so, and scored a 9 or better for sustainability in curriculum, purchasing, and other initiatives.

Portland State's overall score of 77.7 ranked 26th, followed by UCLA, Yale, Princeton, Smith College, and Berkeley. [NOTE: Reflects corrected scores, as of August 25, 2010.]

Green Mountain College topped this year's list with an overall score of 88.6. Methodology included an 11-page survey and follow-up interviews conducted by the Sierra Club.

A complete list of schools and scores is available online:

Portland State University faculty engage in leading-edge research and teaching on issues critical to the Pacific Northwest and beyond, including sustainable urban communities, climate change, ecosystem services and renewable energy. PSU’s 49-acre campus creates a vibrant and urban living laboratory for best practices in green building and conservation, right in the heart of the nation’s most sustainable city. In 2008, PSU received a ten-year, $25 million challenge grant from the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, in support of research, teaching and partnerships in sustainability.