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17 amazing green college campuses

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Feb. 24, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
Middlebury College

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Middlebury College

This Vermont college has long been a green school. It was the first institution of higher education in the country to offer an environmental studies major — and that was way back in 1965. Middlebury is on track to achieve carbon neutrality by 2016. The recent completion of the college's biomass plant eliminated the use of more than one million gallons of high carbon #6 fuel oil. More than 60 percent of campus waste is diverted from landfills due to composting and recycling programs. Middlebury is committed to having 30 percent "real food" in the dining halls by 2016. (Real food is defined as being grown locally within 150 miles, raised humanely, grown using ecological practices, and/or fair trade.)