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Campus Ranks Among "Cool Schools" for Commitment to Sustainability

August 13, 2014

UC Merced has been ranked among the “Cool Schools” by the Sierra Club’s Sierra Magazine because of its commitment to sustainability.

The ranking, which was released this week, looked at more than 170 campuses around the country. UC Merced is ranked No. 51. All of the UC undergraduate campuses made the list, with UC Irvine ranking No. 1.

This year’s rankings for other UC campuses:

  • UC San Diego: 17
  • UC Santa Barbara: 24
  • UC Berkeley: 32
  • UC Santa Cruz: 35
  • UC Davis: 55
  • UCLA: 60
  • UC Riverside: 90

The “Cool Schools” rankings come from a survey of sustainability practices at 173 four-year undergraduate universities in the United States. UC campuses have been routinely represented in the top 10 of the rankings since Sierra began publishing them in 2007.

UC Merced is the only campus to have every single building project LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council, and sustainability is part of the campus identity, grounds, facilities, maintenance and purchasing policies to recycling and reuse in and out of classrooms and labs, as well as in research and curriculum.