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Sierra magazine ranks UC Irvine among top 10 green schools

September 1, 2011 |  9:23 am

UC Irvine
An environmentally minded magazine has named UC Irvine as one of America's top 10 coolest schools for green initiatives.

For a second year, Sierra magazine ranked UC Irvine No. 6, noting it as one of the most energy-efficient schools, the Daily Pilot reported.

In its iSeptember/October issue, the magazine singled out the school's use of a co-generation facility to meet most of its heat and electricity needs.

"This is wonderful validation of the initiatives we've undertaken to reduce our carbon footprint and mitigate other environmental impacts," Wendell Brase, vice chancellor of administrative and business services, said in a statement. "We maintained our top 10 status in what is becoming an increasingly competitive arena as campuses across the nation recognize their responsibility to the global environment."

The University of Washington in Seattle was listed as No. 1, with Green Mountain College in Poultney, Vt., UC San Diego, Warren Wilson College in Asheville, N.C., and Stanford University following.

UC Santa Cruz, UC Davis, Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash., and Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vt., also made the top 10.


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Photo: UC Irvine campus. Credit: Los Angeles Times