UCR Earns Spot on Sierra Magazine “Cool Schools” List for Third Year

All nine UC undergraduate campuses appear in annual survey

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Members of the sustainability community at UCR stand in front of a balloon representing the amount of carbon dioxide entering the atmosphere during Earth Week 2014. Photo by Uma Ramasubramanian

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — For the third consecutive year, Sierra Magazine has included the University of California, Riverside on its list of  “America’s Coolest Schools”, which is a list of the nation’s greenest colleges and universities.

UCR finished with a score of 577.98 out of a possible 1,000 points, placing it 90th among the schools surveyed. UCR’s score improved about 12% compared to 2013.

“In addition to this being our third year in the rankings, we improved in comparison to total number of schools,” Director of Sustainability John Cook said. “This year, we are among the top 52% of schools ranked, compared to 60% and 63% the last two years.”

“We expect to do even better in 2015 with 16 LEED buildings in our portfolio and the Solar Farm coming on line,” Cook added. “We will keep working on all fronts to put sustainability as a main priority in the growth and development of the campus in planning, operations, research and education.”

The America’s Coolest Schools list is the result of a self-reported survey that is open to all four-year undergraduate colleges and universities in the United States.  A total of 173 schools completed the extensive questionnaire through the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).

According to an FAQ on the magazine’s website, “We hope that our annual ranking will act as a guide for prospective students who want to compare colleges based on the schools’ commitment to environmentalism. Our ranking also serves to spur productive competition between colleges, create aspirational standards, and publicly reward the institutions that work hard to protect the planet.”

The University of California, Irvine, was the top overall school, finishing with 813.51 points. All nine UC undergraduate campuses appeared on the list.

In April, 2014, the Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition, included UCR as one of the top green colleges in North America. This survey was conducted in collaboration with the Center for Green Schools at the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and appears in the annual, downloadable book that was released on April 17, 2014.


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