STOCKTON — University of the Pacific ranked fourth among the top five schools with the highest percentage of campus-owned vehicles that are 100 percent electric, according to a survey by the Environment America Research and Policy Center.
Pacific checked in at 73.9 percent behind No. 1 Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida at 85.4 percent, California State University, San Marcos, at 78.9 and Rice University in Texas at 75.8. Harvey Mudd College in Claremont was fifth at 73.1.
The center looked at five different areas to track the move to renewable energy on the part of colleges and universities.
Southwestern University (Texas) ranked first in most renewable electricity; the University of Minnesota, Morris, was first in renewable electricity on campus; George Washington University in Washington, D.C., was first in most renewable electricity purchased from off-campus sources; and Colgate University in New York ranked first in most renewable heating, cooling, hot water and other non-electric energy.
“The colleges and universities leading the rankings are at the top of the class when it comes to tackling climate change and transitioning to clean, renewable energy sources,” Bronte Payne, Environment America’s 100% Renewable Campuses Campaign director, said in a statement. “Future and current students care deeply about the role higher education is playing in the fight against climate change. With this report, they now have valuable data regarding which colleges and universities are leading the charge to a renewable energy future.”
The report comes months after the University of California system announced a shift to using only renewable sources for its electricity by 2025, and, starting in June, its 10 campuses will also require new buildings to run on non-fossil fuel power. University of California, Berkeley just committed to getting all of its energy — electricity, heating and cooling and transportation — from renewable sources by 2050.