The College of the Atlantic named “greenest college” in America

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The College of the Atlantic’s Mount Desert Rock research station viewed from the north side of the island. The structures pictured from right are: solar panels that provide power to the lighthouse, granite lighthouse built in 1847, the former lighthouse keeper’s house that is home to researchers during the summer whale research seasons. The structure on the far left is the remaining wall from the boat house that was washed away by Huricane Bill in 2009.

The Sierra Club, a San Francisco-based environmental organization, deemed Bar Harbor’s College of the Atlantic (COA) the greenest college in the United States.

COA jumped up to first from the 16th spot in the 2015 list, receiving 783.41 points out of a possible 1000. The second-place school, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, finished nearly 50 points behind.

Sierra Club wrote that all of COA’s electricity comes from wind or solar power, 75 percent of faculty works on sustainability research and 35 percent of all courses relate to environmentalism. In 2013, COA divested from fossil fuels.

COA, a private school with 350 students and just over 100 faculty members, has received a number of other accolades, ranking highly in multiple categories in the Princeton Review.