What do most applicants think about first when applying for college? Is it the quality of the course? Teaching standards? Proximity to a decent bar with daily happy hour deals? Possibly.
However, there is a new kind of student that has far more pressing concerns: their school’s ‘green credentials.’In fact, environmental issues are now a top priority for most young people. And one thing they’re concerned about is the quality of the air they breathe.
Clean air is a sign that colleges are doing things the right way. Lower carbon emissions and air pollution indicate a solid commitment to sustainability, which is great news for Mother Earth. But a lack of smog and nasty air particles is also a big boost for students. Fresh air is linked to increased cognitive performance, better memory, longer attention span, and less anxiety and depression.
And thanks to the latest study from HomeFresh, students can find the eco-friendly colleges they’re looking for. Using IQ Air’s database, HomeFresh researchers compiled some lists of the US college campuses with the cleanest air.
As you’ll see, Adams State University came out on top. That’s no surprise considering its location. Resting at the foot of the San Luis Valley in Alamosa, Colorado, the main campus is surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. And with only 10,000 permanent residents, this is a city where traffic congestion just doesn’t exist!
Now find out what other US colleges passed the HomeFresh clean air stress test.