As Pittsburgh becomes a national center for higher learning it is worth looking at how well the local colleges are practicing and nurturing sound environmental values. In the Sierra magazine’s Eighth Annual ranking of Cool Schools, Chatham University is the leading local school at No. 20, a marked improvement from move up from 61st in 2012. The Coolest College nationally is Dickinson College (Carlisle) at third with a top rating for investments. Penn State rose from 51 to 48 in 2013. Carnegie Mellon slipped to 65 from 61, Slippery Rock improved slightly to 89 from 92. Pitt entered the survey for the first time with a ranking of 97 but a zero count for investment. Allegheny College also entered this year, with the rank of 110 and Westminster entered with the rank of 123. Duquesne University has yet to participate in the magazine’s survey.
Chatham has made remarkable progress, having finished 114th five years ago when Carnegie Mellon was 31st and Dickinson finished 19th.