Sierra Club: Knox is one of the nation's "Cool Schools"

Rankings cover academic programs, campus activities, environmental impact

October 03, 2013

Student Recycling at Knox College
Students initiated recycling at Knox and collect materials from academic and residential buildings campus-wide.

For the fifth year in a row, Knox College is ranked by the Sierra Club as one of the nation's "Cool Schools." The rankings -- including energy saving initiatives, environmental impact and academic programs -- were published in the club's monthly Sierra Magazine.

Areas where Knox has scored in the rankings include:

Student RecyclingFrom recycling to academics to campus construction: see more about sustainability in the photo gallery below

Instruction and Research


  • Reduced 'greenhouse gas' emissions by making buildings more efficient and reducing heating
  • Testing use of timer for temperature control
  • Installation and retro-fitting of lights with high-efficiency LEDs
  • Real world example: From the KnoxWorks blog -- LED lights installed and other sustainability-related construction.



  • Completed a campus-wide transportation survey
  • Discourage air travel whenever possible
  • Decrease vehicle idling
  • Real world example: From the Knox Flickr channel: Support for Bike to Work Week


In Pictures: Sustainability initiatives at Knox, including energy conservation, tree planting, research and campus events