Berkeley again one of top 50 green colleges

Once again, UC Berkeley has made the top 50 sustainable schools in Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges.

ikes – Row of bikes at Moffitt Library. (Photo by Kira Stoll)

Row of bikes at Moffitt Library. (Photo by Kira Stoll)

“We were recognized for our climate action planning as well as our work on energy efficiency and the number of engaged sustainability student groups,” says the new Bright Green News out of Berkeley’s Office of Sustainability. “Our work in water conservation, sustainable food, and active transportation were also recognized in this year’s review.”

Among transportation alternatives available at Berkeley, the guide mentions bicycle-sharing program; bike storage, shower facilities, and lockers for bicycle commuters; a bicycle plan; free or reduced-price transit passes; a condensed work-week option and telecommute program for employees; a carpool/vanpool matching program and reduced parking fees for car and van poolers

Also mentioned: Berkeley’s new construction is 100 percent LEED-certified; 55 percent of campus waste is diverted; 26 percent of the food budget goes to local/organic food; and the sustainability-focused degree program.

Four other UC campuses also made the top 50: Santa Cruz, Santa Barbara, Davis and Irvine. Four more UC campuses made the broader guide to 391 colleges rated for their sustainablity: UCLA, Merced, Riverside and San Diego.

Read more about campus sustainability in the October Bright Green News