The Sacramento Bee
The University of California in Davis has been ranked No. 1 in the United States in the 10th annual GreenMetric rankings of worldwide universities conducted by Universitas Indonesia.
UI ranked UC Davis third globally, behind only Wageningen University Research in the Netherlands and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom. The international rankings, released in the beginning of December, evaluated 780 universities, with criteria and guidelines that examine infrastructure, waste, water, transportation, energy and climate change, with the latter being the most heavily weighted.
Davis has held the top spot in the U.S. for the past three years. According to UI, the goal of the rankings is to give credit to universities making an effort to reduce their carbon footprint and combat climate change. Universities submit data in an online survey.
According to a news release, 59 percent of the electricity used on the UC Davis campus in 2018 came from clean, renewable sources, with 14 percent coming from an on-site solar farm and 45 percent coming off-site through two solar farms in Fresno County.