10. University of California, Santa Barbara
Santa Barbara, California
Score: 756.69 | Students: 22,218
UCSB puts up formidable numbers: 44 of its buildings are LEED certified, 47 percent of academic departments offer a class about sustainability (for a total of 321 classes and 217 faculty members who do eco-research), 50 percent of food served is local, and 75 percent of waste gets saved from the landfill via recycling and composting; the goal is to get that latter percentage to 100 by 2020. The Gauchos have also, since the late 1990s, lowered their electricity use by a third (10 on-campus photovoltaic systems help), their water use by a quarter, and their food waste by almost 35 percent. A whopping 94 percent of students take alternative means of transit to class — there are more than 10,000 bicycle parking spaces on campus to accommodate 10 miles of bike paths.
Photo courtesy of Jonas Krant/UC Santa Barbara