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FSU Named One of Sierra Magazine’s “Coolest Schools” for Second Year

Frostburg State University has been included for a second time in Sierra magazine’s annual ranking of the nation’s “Coolest Schools,” a salute to U.S. colleges that are helping solve climate problems and making significant efforts to operate sustainably.

FSU was ranked 98 out of only 162 higher education institutions that made the list nationwide and earned the highest possible score in the category of planning. FSU was one of only two institutions within the University System of Maryland that made the list, along with University of Maryland College Park. The complete rankings are online at

“We are honored by the Sierra Club’s recognition, and I want to personally thank the many students, faculty, staff and community partners who are working so hard to ensure that sustainability is a part of Frostburg State University’s institutional culture and overall educational mission,” said FSU President Jonathan Gibralter. “I feel confident we will continue making great strides in supporting sustainability at Frostburg.”

While researching the schools that are making a difference for the planet, Sierra evaluated actions taken toward improving sustainability across many realms, including energy sourcing, infrastructure, transportation and academics.

Participation in Sierra magazine's Cool Schools ranking is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States, and there is no cost to participate. Campus administrators participated by going to to complete an extensive questionnaire about their school's sustainability practices. The survey, officially called the Campus Sustainability Data Collector, is the result of the collaborative efforts of four organizations: the Sierra Club, the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, the Sustainable Endowments Institute and the Princeton Review. Its questions center on measurable environmental goals and achievements, with priority given to achievements.

Sierra magazine is the official publication of the Sierra Club, America’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization, with more than 1.4 million members and supporters nationwide.

To learn more about FSU’s focus on sustainability, visit or the “Learning Green, Living Green at FSU (LGLG)” Facebook Page at, or email

Situated in the mountains of Allegany County, Frostburg State University is one of the 12 institutions of the University System of Maryland. FSU is a comprehensive, residential regional university and serves as an educational and cultural center for Western Maryland. For more information, visit or Follow FSU on Twitter @frostburgstate.

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