Neither the University of Montana nor Montana State University made the Sierra Club’s latest list of top 100 greenest schools in the nation. 4 & 20 Blackbirds’ Pete Talbot just reported on it, asking the question of why we’re not there yet.
A recent feature in the Indy, It’s Not Easy Going Green, analyzed some of the difficulties UM’s facing in its quest to go carbon neutral by 2020—a goal that is detailed in the school’s climate action plan released in April of this year. The school faces problems that any campus faces in its early stages, when first trying to pinpoint emissions and find solutions.
If UM reaches its goals, it could make the Sierra Club’s list a decade (or sooner) from now.
The Sierra Club’s top five greenest colleges:
Green Mountain College (Poultney, Vt.)
Dickinson College (Carlisle, Pa.)
Evergreen State College (Olympia, Wash.)
University of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.)
UPDATE: After speaking with Sustainability Coordinator for UM's Office of Sustainability, it turns out UM did not send in a survey to the Sierra Club—which explains one very good reason the school didn't make it on the list. Last year, UM did send in a survey and ended up 50 out of 135 schools for being green. Peacock says this year she sent in a green survey to the Princeton Review, among others, which won't show results until later this year.