No. 10: University of California, Santa Barbara (Santa Barbara, California)
Each year, Sierra magazine, the official publication of the Sierra Club, ranks colleges on their green street cred. This year's top 10 are breaking new ground whether it's a biodiesel plant, a goal to be carbon neutral by the end of the decade or a system to source locally grown foods. Here's a look at this year's picks; the complete rankings can be found here.
Nearly 47 percent of academic departments offer a class about sustainability, 50 percent of food served on campus is locally sourced and 75 percent of waste is diverted from the landfill via recycling and composting. And UCSB isn't slowing down. The college has a goal to keep 100 percent of its waste out of the landfill by 2020.
Earlier this year, the college hosted the California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, which brought together 900 attendees from 80 institutions and organizations. The multi-day conference included a bike tour of the campus (pictured).