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Morris Rises in "Cool Schools" Rankings

Posted by Jenna Ray on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014

The University of Minnesota, Morris is one of Sierra magazine's top 40 “Cool Schools” for 2014. The Sierra Club's official publication ranks universities that lead sustainability initiatives and strive to protect and preserve the environment. Morris was ranked #31 in the nation, its highest ranking to date.

The index—based on a comprehensive questionnaire submitted by participating colleges—rates schools on their achievements and strategic approaches to sustainability. Once schools submitted their data, Sierra’s researchers scored each response and ranked the participating institutions. In total, 173 colleges took part in the survey, with three from Minnesota—the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (#27), Morris (#31), and Carleton College (#62).

“It’s no surprise that Morris consistently has been included in Sierra’s rankings,” says Chancellor Jacqueline R. Johnson. “Our model of sustainability inspires a broad range of initiatives that are redefining the ways in which energy is produced and used and the ways in which young people understand their role as citizens in a changing environment.”

Morris has been rising steadily in the rankings over the past four years. The campus has risen 38 places since 2011, from #69 to #31.

This recognition is only the most recent of Morris’s sustainability accolades. In this academic year alone the campus has been recognized for its environmental stewardship by the Environmental Protection Agency, Second Nature, the Princeton Review,, and more.

The “Cool Schools” rankings were compiled by the Sierra Club, in collaboration with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, and the Princeton Review. More information on the survey and methodology is available at