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9.05.2008

Go Gators! University of Florida ranked number seven by the Sierra Club on its annual top ten list of colleges and universities. A water facility processes 3 million gallons of reclaimed water per day and serves more than 90 percent of the campus. Most of the university's fleet vehicles run on E85 ethanol (85 percent ethanol, 15 percent gasoline), some chug along on used oil from campus cafeterias.

Highlight
Waste:Campus recovers 40 percent of its waste; aims to divert, reclaim, or reuse 100 percent by 2015.
Student activism: At least 15 student groups work on environmental issues.
Green buildings: Two gold-LEED-certified structures, 32 silver-LEED-certified renovation projects.

FSU didn't make the top list, but its Garnet and Gold Goes Green has been a successful initiative of its Sustainable Campus movement. FSU's first LEED certified building, the Materials Research Building, will open this fall in Innovation Park adjacent to the Mag Lab.

Our neighboring Valdosta State College failed, with no green initiatives.

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