Recognition & Awards

Recognizing and Rewarding Sustainability

Commuter Choice Award

CWRU won a Silver Ranking again in the Commuter Choice Awards in 2019.

In 2018,  Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) along with RTA and Sustainable Cleveland teamed up to present the Commuter Choice Awards. CWRU was granted a Silver Award. Read more on our news page about the presentation at the annual Sustainable Cleveland Summit. 

The Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency (NOACA) awarded CWRU the Gold Status in their Commuter Choice Award program both in 2016 (visit our news story for more info) and 2015 for being a regional leader for fostering environmentally friendly transportation options.  CWRU was also awarded the distinction of being "Most Improved."  

CWRU received the Bronze Status from NOACA in 2014, the first year of the award program.  

Princeton Review’s Green Guide

CWRU has been included in every printing of the Princeton Review’s Green Guide since its inception in 2010. This guide scores schools according to their work in sustainability and only includes those with high rankings. Visit our news page to read stories about our scores.

In 2018, CWRU was honored to be ranked number 35 among the 399 Green Schools on the annual Green Guide and was listed in the Top 50 Green Colleges List.

Sierra Club Cool Schools

Case Western Reserve has been listed among Sierra Club Cool Schools in every year since 2010 with a break in 2011. This list of schools also scores institutions of higher education according to their work in sustainability and only includes those with high rankings. CWRU's scores and ranking on the list has increased every year. Visit our Sierra Club article to read about our past scores. 


Case Western Reserve University is a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and was a Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) reporter for many years. In early 2018, the University submitted a complete report and earned a Silver Ranking. Read more on our news page. 


CWRU's President Barbara Snyder signed the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment in 2010.