Courtesy UC Irvine
Students in biological sciences and independent study plant cacti in UCI Ecological Preserve above State Route 73.
For the third straight year, UC Irvine has made Sierra Magazine’s top ten list of “coolest schools” for its variety of environmental academics and energy-conscious practices.
Irvine is one of three California schools ranked in the top ten for its various environment-related programs.
Published by the Sierra Club, the magazine ranked UC Irvine number nine on its list of colleges and universities for energy efficiency, climate research and other environmental efforts.
At the top of the list: UC Davis. Stanford ranked third. But UC Irvine is one of only three colleges to make the list for three consecutive years, according to UCI Chancellor Michael Drake.
The schools are judged on education, research, operations and energy-management practices.
UCI operates energy-efficient buildings, provides campus shuttle buses to reduce traffic, and uses recycled water for landscaping.
Academically, the school operates research centers and programs related to sustainability and climate change.
One highlight is UCI’s Department of Earth System Science — the first academic unit anywhere devoted to studying the entire planet. The program celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.