UC Davis Is a Very Cool, Green School

Your mother probably spent a disproportionate amount of your childhood nagging you to eat your vegetables. We can tell because so many of you shop at the local farmers markets and eat so healthfully.

The Sierra Club recently ranked 162 colleges and universities that are making a positive environmental impact on the planet. Not surprisingly, UC Davis ranked near the top in 4th place. One of the factors they looked at was access to and use of local farmers markets.

According to the Sacramento Business Journal, which ran an article on the report, Sierra magazine:

….sought out “campuses that are creating tangible change in all categories of greenness— from what’s served in dining halls to what’s taught in lecture halls to what’s powering the dorms,” according to a news release. “Whether it’s Cornell’s minor in climate change or American University’s new campus-wide composting program, schools across America are taking dramatic steps to help protect the planet and its resources.”

UC Davis received 782.74 out of 1,000 possible points. Among the many green accomplishments cited within the university’s 286-page submission were the new campus neighborhood of UC Davis West, the college’s farmers market, its sustainable investment policy, its greenhouse gas emissions efforts, bike-sharing initiatives, building energy retrofits and reusable dishware at dining halls.

The top three schools ranked were U. Conn, Dickinson, and UC Irvine. Stanford and UCSB also made the top ten.

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