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UCI makes honor roll in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges

April 22, 2014

UC Irvine has put another notch in its green belt with a listing in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition. With a perfect score of 99, the campus also appears on the Green Rating Honor Roll. The guide notes that UC Irvine is a leader in green construction and the use of solar power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. New buildings on all University of California campuses must meet LEED certification standards, but Irvine has gone further, with two recent projects achieving the highest rating, LEED Platinum, from the U.S. Green Building Council. Through a multipronged approach, the campus is cutting 19,000 tons of greenhouse gas emissions annually. “The schools on our Green Rating Honor Roll demonstrated truly exceptional commitments to sustainability across the key issues we looked at – from course offerings and recycling programs to plans for reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Robert Franek, The Princeton Review’s senior vice president and publisher. “We salute their administrators, faculty and students for their collective efforts to protect and preserve our environment.” All nine UC undergraduate campuses were listed in the guide, and UCLA, UC Santa Barbara and UC Santa Cruz also made the honor roll.