LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — Several nearby universities have made Sierra Club’s 2013 list of the greenest schools in America.

American University, the only local school to make the top 10, came in at number 9.

“Aiming to be carbon neutral by 2020, AU is off to a strong start, with 30 buildings on track for LEED Silver certification, a 27-kilowatt solar array, D.C.’s biggest solar hot-water system, and a contraption called the Vegawatt, which turns old cooking oil into electricity,” according to the list’s description of the Northwest D.C. school.

“The university’s plan is to divert 100 percent of its waste, and it’s already two-thirds of the way there, thanks to a new campus-wide composting program, trayless dining (which reduced food waste by a third), quarterly e-waste drives, and such enthusiastic student participation that AU won last year’s national RecycleMania competition. Students also get excited about the annual Campus Beautification Day, a springtime tradition that brings the AU community together to make the campus greener.”

The University of Maryland, College Park ranked 13 on the list, George Washington University came in 23rd and Fairfax County’s George Mason University ranked 69.

To see the full list, click here.

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