Which is greener, a Tiger or a Jayhawk?

According to the Princeton Review, students aren’t just thinking about frat parties and sports teams when choosing a college. A recent survey showed that nearly 70 percent of high school graduates want information about universities’ commitment to the environment.

To track campus eco-activity, the Sustainable Endowments Institute, an off-shoot of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, puts out an annual Sustainability Report Card that assesses the green efforts of more than 320 schools. Last week, it released its grades for 2010.

Wichita State University bombed (D-) and Kansas State University skated by with a C-, but the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of Kansas earned respectable marks. While neither school got an A, both KU and MU seem to be making progress.

At MU, the report noted, the recycling rate jumped from 20 to 25 percent in the past year alone and nearly 30 tons of food waste was saved from the landfill by the university’s composting program. KU got props for its recently completed survey of greenhouse gas emissions and using its investment clout to bolster renewable energy projects. Both schools were lauded for locally sourced food in their dining halls, active student organizations and subsidized public transit options, too.

So who won the border war for Mother Earth?

MU: B-

KU: C+ 

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