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UC Davis Recognized as America’s “Coolest School” for Sustainability
Gallagher Hall's Leed Platinum Ranking Celebrated

Sierra magazine has named UC Davis the nation’s “Coolest School“ for its sustainability and climate change efforts.

An international powerhouse in the environmental sciences, UC Davis ranked No. 1 among the 96 top colleges and universities surveyed.

In bestowing the “Coolest School“ ranking, the Sierra Club’s official publication praised  UC Davis for establishing rigorous green purchasing standards; diverting nearly 70 percent of campus trash from landfills; and offering an extensive transportation system that include the student-run, natural gas-powered Unitrans bus service, 42 miles  of bike paths and 21,000-plus bike parking spaces on the 5,300-acre campus.

Other ways that UC Davis has distinguished itself, according to Sierra magazine, include a Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions below  2000 levels; a $39 million Smart Lighting Initiative to reduce electrical use  by 60 percent by 2015; and eco-friendly construction.


Four UC Davis building complexes are certified LEED Platinum, the highest ranking awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council and more than any other UC campus. When the Graduate School of Management’s Maurice J. Gallagher Jr., Hall and adjacent conference center earned LEED Platinum in October 2011, it became the first business school in California—and only the third in the U.S.—to achieve the ranking.

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