UC San Diego ranked 17th on ‘green’ schools list

UC San Diego ranked 17th on ‘green’ schools list

University of California San Diego (UCSD) has been lauded by the Sierra Club's magazine for its efforts to conserve water during the state's unrelenting drought.

According to the Sierra Club's magazine released on Tuesday, UCSD grabbed the seventh rank in the sustainability efforts of colleges. Last year, the university was ranked 17th on the list.

The magazine praised the institution for successfully reducing its water use and recycling used water, helping the state in better coping with its years-long drought.

Praising the university, the authors wrote, "Since 2009, the campus has reduced its water use by more than 30 million gallons a year, and in the last year has recycled 400,000 gallons. All new landscaping uses drought-tolerant plants."

The authors also noted that that are a number of eco-groups on UCSD campuses, including Aquaholics Anonymous, which is playing a key role in water conservation by hosting water-saving competitions in the dorms.

Another group called EcoNauts distributes reusable water bottles and promotes eco-tours. More than 33 per cent of the university's vehicle fleet is electric, and nearly four dozen vehicles run on bio-fuel.

The top spot on the 153-green-school list was grabbed by UC Irvine.

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