Another week, another honor at UCI.  This time, it’s for the school’s impressive environmental impact.

Sierra Magazine has named UCI the nation’s #1 “cool” school.  The magazine ranks colleges according to which ones offer the best sustainability-focused courses and carbon-neutral land and energy policies, as well as the most opportunities to engage with the environmental movement.

UCI was recognized for adding more EV charging stations and converting its central-cooling plant to a system that conserves over 80 million gallons of potable water per year while cooling campus buildings —17 of which are certified LEED Platinum and seven of which are zero-waste facilities.

In addition, the school has created a new pilot project which provides free insulation retrofits and solar installations in nearby low-income communities.  UCI researchers are also adapting medical and public health curricula to better prepare students to treat tropical diseases as they expand in range due to climate change.

To read more about UCI’s latest environmental award, click here.

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