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Lewis & Clark deemed fifth-best "Cool School"

Lewis & Clark College snared a No. 5 ranking on the Sierra Club’s latest list of “Cool Schools,” which ranks four-year colleges and universities by a variety of environmental measures. The Portland private college earned kudos from the Sierra Club for its “locavore” policies: one-fourth of the food served on campus comes from within 100 miles, most of it organic.

Lewis & Clark cafeterias serve seafood that meets Marine Stewardship Council standards and meat that’s hormone- and antibiotic-free. Lewis & Clark earned a total score of 759 out of 1,000.

The University of California at Irvine topped the list this year, with a score of 813 out of 1,000.

In all, 173 institutions applied to be on the list this year. Other Northwest schools making the list:

• Portland State University, No. 33, with a score of 697

• University of Washington, No. 34, with a score of 695

• Oregon State University, No. 41,with a score of 684

• Evergreen State College in Olympia, No. 56, with a score of 657

• Southern Oregon University in Ashland, No. 73, with a score of 620

• Western Washington University in Bellingham, No. 103, with a score of 545

• Washington State University in Pullman, No. 116, with a score of 532

• Gonzaga University in Spokane, No. 117 with a score of 530

• University of Oregon, No. 122, with a score of 517

• Seattle University, No. 148 with a score of 419

To see the full list: www.sierraclub.org/sierra/2014-5-september-october/cool-schools-2014/full-ranking.

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