Stella Liu
Stella Liu's OneSeed project is an example of how life on a top-50 green campus influences learning. “My vision for OneSeed is that everyone with a windowsill, balcony or backyard can have their own garden,” says Liu, a fourth-year international studies major at UCI. Jocelyn Lee / UC Irvine

UCI ranks 16th among the most environmentally responsible universities worldwide, according to the just-released Princeton Review’s Guide to 353 Green Colleges. Schools were selected for this sixth annual edition based on their sustainability-related policies, practices and programs. The No. 16 ranking also qualified UCI for inclusion in a subset of the overall list, the new “Top 50 Green Colleges.” It was developed using 10 data points from its institutional survey for its Green Rating and from student ratings of how sustainability issues influenced their education and life on campus; adminis­tration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student-run environmental groups. The Princeton Review is an education services company known for test prep and tutoring.