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University of California, Irvine | TOP TEN: AMERICA'S COOLEST SCHOOLS


Courtesy of Daniel A. Anderson/UC Irvine

One of America's most energy-efficient campuses has a cogeneration facility that produces heat and electricity that meets most of the university's power needs. UC Irvine also pioneered a strategy to cut its labs' emissions in half. Above, students in the Field Freshwater Ecology course wade through the San Joaquin Marsh Reserve to find and identify aquatic insects. Score: 74.8


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