December 29, 2016
The University of California, Davis, is the greenest university in the world, as declared by the seventh annual GreenMetric ranking from the University of Indonesia for environmentally friendly campus operations and policies, and research and education on sustainability.
UC Davis ranked first among the participating colleges and universities for transportation, including bus and bicycle use, and earned a perfect score in the waste category, for waste reduction and recycling, among other factors.
Other criteria included renewable energy (UC Davis generates 14 percent of its power supply from a new solar farm), and energy efficiency and water conservation. The ranking also looked at green building implementation (UC Davis has 23 LEED projects, as well as the largest planned zero-net energy community in the nation, West Village).
Finally, in education, the ranking looked at such factors as published research on sustainability and number of courses related to sustainability.
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