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IU's Not So 'Cool,' Says Sierra Club

    Kyle Stokes/StateImpact Indiana

    Indiana University's Sample Gates

    It turns out Indiana University isn’t exactly in the “cool kids club” — if that’s you think the Sierra Club’s cool, anyway.

    The Sierra Club’s “America’s Coolest Schools” ranking unscientifically scored the environmental and sustainability credentials of 118 colleges and universities. IU came in at Number 81, in the bottom third of the overall rankings, and the worst of the Big Ten schools scored.

    Purdue officials evidently didn’t return survey responses — they weren’t included in the rankings.

    Sierra Club’s List of ‘Coolest’ Big Ten Schools

    (Rankings out of 100, only six Big Ten schools returned surveys)

    Rank: School Score
    #27: Penn State 65.9
    #45: Michigan 61.6
    #48: Illinois 61.1
    #69: Minnesota 55
    #77: Wisconsin 51.9
    #81: Indiana 51.5

    The rankings were based on a survey the organization sent to 940 colleges and universities nationwide, asking questions about the school’s “environmental achievements.” The Sierra Club scored the responses on a 100-point scale, with a “0” representing no effort to pursue environmental initiatives and a “100” indicating a school “at or near sustainability.”

    The Sierra Club’s “coolest school” — the University of Washington — scored 81.2 points.


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