UC Irvine was recognized with the 2011 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award in Washington, D.C., on Thursday for its commitment to carbon reduction.
Awarded by Second Nature at the ACUPCC Climate Leadership Summit, UCI won in the category for doctorate-granting universities.
The ACUPCC, also known as the American College & University Presidents' Climate Commitment, has been signed by the heads of 675 universities and colleges in an effort to promote green research and a "low-carbon society."
Second Nature is a nonprofit and the lead supporting organization of ACUPCC.
"As a major research institution, UC Irvine is an exemplary model in developing climate solutions," Anthony Cortese, president of Second Nature, said in a statement from UCI.