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17 amazing green college campuses

By: Mary Jo DiLonardo on Feb. 24, 2015, 1:18 p.m.
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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University of Massachusetts Amherst

Sustainability is a big deal on this campus. Twenty-five undergraduate majors are sustainability-related and more than 300 courses include some sustainability emphasis. Three new graduate programs encourage advanced study in sustainability. In 2012, the school won first place among 1,500 colleges in the annual White House College Champions of Change Competition for its permaculture gardens initiative. The campus central heating plant provides 100 percent of heating and 73 percent of electrical needs on campus, while a massive recycling and composting program keeps 56 percent of waste out of landfills.