UC Davis is recognized as America’s ‘Coolest School’


Sierra magazine has named UC Davis the nation’s “Coolest School” for its sustainability and climate change efforts.

An international powerhouse in the environmental sciences, UC Davis ranked No. 1 among the 96 top colleges and universities surveyed.

In bestowing the “Coolest School” ranking, the Sierra Club’s official publication praised UC Davis for establishing rigorous green purchasing standards; diverting nearly 70 percent of campus trash from landfills; and offering an extensive transportation system that includes the student-run, natural gas-powered Unitrans bus service, 42 miles of bike paths and 21,000-plus bike parking spaces on its 5,300-acre campus.

Other ways that UC Davis has distinguished itself, according to Sierra magazine, include:

  • a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below 2000 levels
  • a Smart Lighting Initiative to reduce electrical use by 60 percent by 2015
  • buying more local and organic food products for campus dining

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