Shocker: California schools took four out of the 10 spots.

Today, the Sierra Club released its annual rankings of sustainable universities, which used a 200-page questionnaire submitted by 153 colleges and universities nationwide to measure schools based on, among other things, where they get their electricity, academic programs in sustainability, recycling efforts and transportation practices.

The University of California, Irvine won by a landslide for the second year in a row.

UCI was the only school in the country to score above 800 out of 1,000 — with a score of 860. The runner-up, UC Davis, got 789.

So, what exactly does UCI get right? Well, where do we start?

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According to the report, the school excels at managing its trash (more than 80% of campus waste is diverted from landfills), getting clean energy, and incentivizing students to avoid driving and instead use trains and buses instead. To reach UC system’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2025, UCI quadrupled its use of solar power in the past year, adding 11,700 panels in June to reduce its annual carbon emissions by 1,500 metric tons.

And, trust us, that's just the beginning.

Here's the top 10:

  1. University of California, Irvine
  2. University of California, Davis
  3. University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh
  4. Colorado State University
  5. Oberlin College
  6. University of Connecticut
  7. University of California, San Diego
  8. University of Washington, Seattle
  9. Lewis & Clark College
  10. University of California, Berkeley

Did your school make the cut? If not, see how it did on the complete report here.

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