The well-known environmental Web site Grist.org has crowned Maine's College of the Atlantic, located in Bar Harbor, the greenest college or university in the world. COA held the first-known zero-waste graduation in 2005, according to a press release sent out by the school.
Here's the accolade from Grist:
"College of the AtlanticThis small school in Bar Harbor, Maine, has just one major: human ecology -- or "the study of our relationship with our environment." So it only makes sense that it was the first college in the U.S. to pledge carbon neutrality. And it kicked off quite a trend: Now more than 270 other U.S. colleges and universities -- including many of the following -- have pledged to do the same as part of the American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment."
What's more, New England schools in general made a great showing on Grist's list of the 15 top eco-friendly schools. Vermont is represented by Middlebury and Green Mountain College, and Connecticut by Yale; Massachusetts boasts two of its elite Cambridge institutions -- Tufts and Harvard -- and New Hampshire's UNH got a runners-up nod.