Following are some of the top "coolest schools" as listed in Sierra Magazine's report:

State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry - ESF has earned a place on the 2010 Sierra Club list of “Cool Schools,” earning a rating that places the College at No. 45. It is the highest-rated State University of New York campus on the Sierra Club list. ESF received a perfect mark of 10 for academics based on the College's broad range of environmentally related degree programs. It also scored a 10 on the administration rating, which reflects the College's institutional commitment to campus sustainability; a 10 for its investment practices; and a 10 for its involvement in green initiatives that did not fall into any other category.

Appalachian State University - It was ranked 12th on Sierra magazine's fifth annual ranking of the nation's top "Coolest Schools." The rankings salute the efforts of colleges around the country helping to solve climate issues and operate sustainably.

University of the Pacific - It is one of the nation's top 100 "Coolest Schools", ranked 68th among schools that help address climate change and make efforts to become more sustainable. Pacific's sustainability efforts involve a number of programs and projects, such as installing high-efficiency lighting and other power-saving devices, using 100% green cleaning products on the Stockton campus, etc.

Southern Oregon University (SOU) - It is the Top Oregon Public University on Sierra Club “Coolest Schools” list, moving up 61 places from 99th in 2010 to 38th of the 118 colleges and universities that participated in the magazine's survey in 2011.

University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) - For the third year in a row, UCSC was recognized as a "cool school" from the Sierra Club's Magazine annual rankings. It was placed seventh for achieving an 86% waste-diversion rate, and received a final score of 74.3.

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World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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