Skip to main content

Villanova University Dubbed “Cool School” by Sierra Magazine

Villanova recognized as one of the nation’s greenest colleges and universities 

VILLANOVA, Pa. – Villanova University has again earned national recognition for its commitment to sustainability, earning a spot on  Sierra Magazine's 2015 “Cool Schools” ranking of the greenest colleges and universities in the United States.

The “Cool Schools” annual ranking scores universities for their performance in 10 categories: energy supply, efficiency, food, academics, purchasing, transportation, waste management, administration, financial investments, and other sustainability initiatives. A total of 153 universities nationwide made the list in Sierra Magazine’s ninth-annual ranking.

“Villanova continues to become a more sustainable campus,” said Liesel Schwarz, the University’s sustainability manager. “We are proud of the efforts we made in the last year, including starting an overwhelmingly popular bike share program, hosting a number of prominent guest speakers, and conducting our first zero waste game at a home men’s basketball contest. All of this has been possible because of the support from the campus community.”

In 2007, Villanova President the Rev. Peter Donohue signed the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. Further advancing the University’s pledge to sustainability, Father Donohue established the President’s Environmental Sustainability Committee on campus. This committee – comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across the University– is charged with taking action on all aspects of campus sustainability and in implementing the President’s Climate Commitment on behalf of the University.

Since that time, Villanova has expanded its sustainability efforts, including the launch of a new master’s degree program in Environmental Science, adding yet another academic program with an emphasis on the environment and sustainability. In addition, the University has five LEED certified buildings on campus and has committed to LEED certification for all new construction and major renovation projects on campus. In April 2014, Father Donohue signed the St. Francis Pledge, committing the University to protect God's Creation and advocate on behalf of people in poverty who face the hardest impacts of global climate change.

To learn more about Villanova’s commitment to environmental sustainability, click here.

About Villanova University: Since 1842, Villanova University’s Augustinian Catholic intellectual tradition has been the cornerstone of an academic community in which students learn to think critically, act compassionately and succeed while serving others. There are more than 10,000 undergraduate, graduate and law students in the University's six colleges – the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the College of Engineering, the College of Nursing, the College of Professional Studies and the Villanova University School of Law. As students grow intellectually, Villanova prepares them to become ethical leaders who create positive change everywhere life takes them. For more, visit