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UCLA recognized as a champion for campus sustainability

The Princeton Review's Green Rating measured how environmentally aware and responsible an institution was on a scale of 60–99. Specifically, it considered 1) whether students have a campus quality of life that is both healthy and sustainable, 2) how well a school is preparing students not only for employment in the clean energy economy of the 21st century, but also for citizenship in a world now defined by environmental challenges, and 3) how environmentally responsible a school's policies are. They developed the criteria and questions for this rating with ecoAmerica, a research- and partnership-based environmental nonprofit organization in 2008. The Princeton Review tallied Green Rating scores for 832 colleges in this cycle. Twenty-two schools, including UCLA, received a score of 99 and made the Green Honor Roll

University of California–Los Angeles is going green, from its classrooms to its cafeterias. A few highlights include replacing all Styrofoam cups in the dining areas with biodegradable ones, recycling alcohol from its science labs, purchasing more recycled copy paper, and hosting a series of environmentally focused speakers and forums. Now all of the university's computers are Energy Star rated, 38 percent of its vehicles run on alternative fuel, and more than 600,000 energy-efficient lightbulbs have been installed around campus. Students on the move can participate in the school’s bike-share program or use its car share and vanpools to get around. Or, if students have their own sustainable initiatives in mind, there exists a "Green Initiative Fund," which raises more than $200,000 per year for UCLA’s sustainable projects. The UCLA Action Research Teams is an innovative academic course where students work with staff and faculty to do hands-on research on campus sustainability. UCLA is home to an organic garden and an experiential learning course in which students can investigate sources of food. UCLA is committed to making all new construction and major renovation projects be certified as LEED Silver or higher. This year, solar panels were installed on the student union. The university is also home to the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability, an innovative intellectual community focused on environmental research, policy concerns, and outreach and education. A remarkable 69 percent of UCLA's waste stream is currently diverted from landfills. The campus is aiming to improve that number to 100 percent by 2020.