Pacific ranks second nationwide for renewable energy fleet

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University of the Pacific ranked second among the top five schools with the highest percentage of campus-owned vehicles that are 100 percent electric, according to a survey released by the Environment America Research and Policy Center.

Pacific checked in at 81.0 percent behind No. 1 Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida at 85.0 percent. Rice University in Texas was third at 76.0 percent, Harvey Mudd College in Claremont was fourth at 73.0 percent and Loyola Marymount University was fifth at 72.0 percent.

“At Pacific we strive to be a leader in many ways," said Jessica Bilecki, sustainability director at Pacific. "It is fantastic to have recognition for efforts that contribute positively to the future and are embedded in what we do as part of our day to day operations.”

The center looked at five different areas to track the move to renewable energy on the part of colleges and universities. Most notably, the report shows that more than 40 colleges and universities currently obtain 100 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources.

“America’s college campuses are the perfect place to lead in the much-needed rapid transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy,” said Emma Searson, 100% Renewable campaign director at Environment America Research & Policy Center. “Our institutions of higher learning are innovators and leaders at their core. They can light the path toward a cleaner, healthier future, and these rankings show that many are already doing just that.”