August 25, 2011
The Sierra Club has identified Knox College as one of "America's Coolest Schools," ranking it as No. 65 among the greenest colleges in the United States.
The 2011 "Cool Schools" list is published in the September/October issue of Sierra magazine. It recognizes four-year colleges and universities for their environmental sustainability goals and achievements in 10 categories, including academics, energy efficiency, and waste management.
Knox College has demonstrated a commitment to sustainability by working steadily to reduce waste, conserve energy and water, and build a stronger culture of environmental responsibility.
Examples of sustainability initiatives on the Knox campus include:
In addition, Knox College owns and operates the Green Oaks Biological Field Station, a research and recreation area about 20 miles east of campus, where any member of the Knox community may fish, hike, and camp.
Students use the site for various kinds of learning opportunities, including the 10-week Green Oaks Term. During Green Oaks Term, Knox students live on the property and become immersed in an interdisciplinary curriculum taught by Knox faculty from three different departments.
(Photo at left: Green Oaks Term students meeting for a class taught by biology Professor Stuart Allison, standing at left in blue shirt. He also is director of the Green Oaks Biological Field Station.)