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We’re 11th in ‘Top 50 Green Colleges’

By Dateline Staff on October 23, 2018 in University

Roll out the green carpet: UC Davis is ranked 11th among The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges” for 2018, our fourth consecutive year on the list.

Student comments figure in the rankings, and here is some of what the students had to say, as reported by The Princeton Review:

  • UC Davis students boast about belonging to a “green school” that “promotes sustainability.”
  • Students tell us that “even if you don’t have a car,” the “bike paths make it really easy to get around the city and campus.”
  • The “free, convenient bus systems” ensure there are “plenty of transportation options’ available to students.”

UC Davis is the highest-ranked UC campus in The Princeton Review’s “Top 50 Green Colleges.” Other UC campuses on the list: Santa Cruz, 16th; Santa Barbara, 25th; Riverside, 29th; and Berkeley, 32nd.

The Princeton Review, a test preparation, tutoring and college admission services company, derives its top-50 list from the company’s annual “green guide” of the most environmentally responsible colleges. For the 2018 guide, the ninth annual, The Princeton Review surveyed 648 colleges, asking them to report on their sustainability-related policies, practices and programs.

The company calculated “green rating” scores of 60 to 99 based on more than 25 weighted, data points — and all schools with scores of 80 or higher made it into to the guide, 399 colleges and universities in all. UC Davis scored 98.

To come up with the top 50, The Princeton Review factored in student-survey data — surveys that asked students to rate, for example, administrative and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; visibility and impact of student environmental groups; and how sustainability issues influenced the students’ education and life on campus.

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Dateline Staff Dave Jones, editor, can be reached at 530-752-6556 or Cody Kitaura, news and media relations specialist, can be reached at 530-752-1932 or