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Oregon State University, University of Oregon and Lewis & Clark College rank among the nation's top 20 Cool Schools by Sierra magazine.

FILE PHOTO  - Lewis & Clark installed this composting toilet at its Lower Griswold athletic facilities in 2015. 
The college was recognized by Sierra magazine for being one of the nation's Top 20 'Cool Schools.'Three Oregon colleges scored in the top 20 "Cool Schools" ranking by Sierra magazine.

In the 12th-annual review of U.S. colleges and universities based on environmental responsibility, Oregon State University ranked No. 15, closely followed by its Pac 12 rival University of Oregon at No. 16, and Lewis and Clark College at No. 17.

Only California, with four, had more on the top 20 than Oregon.

The University of California at Irvine tied with Green Mountain College in Vermont for the top green schools.

The other Northwest college making the top 20 was Seattle University, which ranked No. 8.

The survey ranked 269 schools based on their environmentally focused curriculum, campus activism, on-campus recycling and waste management, and planning and administrative standards. Those include divestment of fossil fuel holdings, energy use, green buildings and other criteria.

The full rankings, and each college's completed questionnaire, can be found at https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2018/cool-schools-2018-full-ranking

A separate Sierra magazine list of fourteen "pollinator-friendly colleges" includes Southern Oregon University, which the environmental publication dubbed the original "Bee Campus."

To see that piece: https://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/cool-schools-2018/bee-campus-usa-pollinator-friendly-college-university

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