Green Firsts and Bests

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  • In 1991 UC Irvine adopted standards to outperform California's Title 24 Energy Efficiency Standards by 30 percent, use 100 percent reclaimed water, CO2 sensing for ventilation control, and no rainforest hardwoods
  • Surpassed Better Buildings Challenge commitment to reduce campus energy use by 20 percent by 2020 – seven years early. UC Irvine's Smart Labs Initiative, which reduces energy consumption in new and retrofitted laboratories by 60 percent, is the cornerstone of the campus's partnership.
  • Won California’s highest environmental honor, the Governor's Environmental & Economic Leadership Award, in 2008 and again in 2013
  • Garnered the 2014 Climate Leadership Award for Organizational Leadership from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Association of Climate Change Officers, the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, and The Climate Registry
  • 13 buildings at UC Irvine bear the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum rating. Another 8 are LEED Gold.
  • Ranked first among Sierra magazine's Top 10 "Coolest Schools" in 2014 and again in 2015 and among the top 10 for the past six years
  • Named to The Princeton Review's Green Honor Roll in 2014, 2015 and 2016 after receiving the magazine's highest possible score among hundreds of colleges reviewed
  • Merited a Gold rating in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) in May 2013
  • Recognized with APPA's 2012 inaugural award for Sustainability in Facilities Management
  • Received 2011 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award recognizing leadership, academic and research strength, and innovative carbon-reduction strategies
  • Cited as a "Tree Campus USA" 2010-2014 by the National Arbor Day Foundation and the program's sponsor, Toyota
  • UC Irvine's Sustainability Program earned the 2011 Urban Land Institute's "Best of the Best" Award for Orange County and the Inland Empire
  • Other awards include:
    • 2010 and 2013 Green California Leadership Award
    • 2009 EPA Region 9 Environmental Leadership Achievement Award
    • 2008 Flex Your Power Award – Best Overall