Awards & Honors

UCI is one of the most recognized higher education institutions for sustainability leadership. At UCI, sustainability is a top priority for every level of the organization. UCI Health strives to achieve sustainability and lead innovation in facilities and culture.

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Awards & Honors Received 2020 and Earlier



  • Clean Air Award – Innovative Transportation by California South Coast Air Quality Management District
  • 2009
    U.S Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Achievement Award, Sustainable Transportation


  • Climate Leadership Award by Second Nature
  • “Best of the Best” Award for campus-wide sustainability by Urban Land Institute





  • Innovative Sustainability Project of the Year by National Parking Association


  • Best Practice Award for Sustainability in Academics by California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC)
  • Clean Air Excellence Award in Transportation by EPA
  • One of the first university incentive programs that encourages staff and students to convert from fossil fuel vehicles to electric and plug-in vehicles by Pump2Plug Program


  • Best Practice Award for Sustainability in New Construction by CHESC
  • First campus in the US to convert to an all-electric bus fleet


  • Race to Excellence Gold Award by Best Workplaces for Commuters
  • Green Fleet Award by Sustainable Fleet Technology Expo
  • Grand Prize in Sustainability and Gold Award for Outreach by National Association of College & University Food Services
  • Platinum Level Bicycle Friendly University designation by League of American Bicyclists


  • Race to Excellence Gold Award by Best Workplaces for Commuters
  • Fleet Merit Award for Best University or College by NAFA Fleet Management