Campus Named a Top-50 ‘Cool School’ for Sustainability

UC Merced checks in at No. 50 in the Sierra Club’s 2017 “Cool Schools” list Opens a New Window, rising more than 30 spots from its previous position in the ranking of sustainable colleges and universities.

It’s the fifth Cool Schools appearance in the past six years for UC Merced, which is the only university in the nation to have all of its buildings certified by the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program.

“From building construction, operations and landscaping to our groundbreaking research and dedicated student clubs and organizations, sustainability is part of our DNA at UC Merced,” Director of Sustainability Opens a New Window Colleen McCormick said. “The future of our planet depends on all of us, and our campus is doing its part.”

The Sierra Club ranked 227 colleges and universities — up from 202 last year, when UC Merced ranked No. 84 — based on raw data from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) STARS self-reporting tool.

UC Merced is on track to meet its ambitious Triple Zero Commitment — to consume zero net energy and produce zero waste and zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

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