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Berea ranked as most eco-friendly school in Kentucky

Berea College is one of the two greenest schools in Kentucky, according to Green Report Cardís 2010 sustainability rankings.

Berea College is ranked as the greenest in Kentucky

Berea and the University of Louisville both received an overall grade of B+, thus sharing the distinction.

The Green Report Card independently surveyed and ranked 332 schools in nine categories related to sustainability. Berea received an A in four of the categories: Food and Recycling, Administration, Transportation, and Investment Priorities.

Berea College has consistently improved its ranking since 2007 when the Green Report Card was first published. The Green Report Card is published by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, a project of the Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.

The highest overall grade for the 2010 rankings was A-, with only one school in the Southeast, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, receiving that grade.

Berea has recently reached a number of milestones in its commitment to sustainability. Earlier this year, Berea completed a major renovation of its historic Boone Tavern Hotel, making it more energy-efficient and sustainable. All food waste from Dining Services is composted and used on the Berea College Farms.

Led by the Mathematics Department, students are mapping out the City of Bereaís carbon footprint to help the city government in its sustainability efforts. Several student groups are also are actively involved in recycling, water conservation and local food initiatives.

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