SIERRA Magazine Ranks ASU No. 28 In 'Cool School' Index (2018-09-18 15:04:24)

This year, Appalachian moved up 12 spots for a No. 28 ranking in SIERRA magazine’s 2018 index of “Cool Schools,” released in August.

For the ninth year in a row, the magazine recognized Appalachian for helping solve climate problems, making significant efforts to operate sustainably, and shaping future environmental citizens, workers and leaders.

Appalachian received a score of 73.52 out of a possible 100 points in a field of 269 colleges and universities. The top-rated university scored 86.95 out of a possible 100 points, according to SIERRA magazine.

The annual publication measures the “greenness” of schools based on engagement in categories that include co-curricular activities, energy investments, food, innovation, academics, planning, purchasing, transit, waste and water.

In past years, SIERRA used a “snapshot” of data institutions had submitted via the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). In 2018, rankings were based on institutions’ existing STARS scores. Any valid STARS reports from the last three years were eligible.