UC San Diego is the top banana. UCSD beat out 32 other large universities to be named the top vegan-friendly school in the nation by Peta2, the youth division of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). The animal rights organization said it received thousands of votes for UC San Diego in La Jolla.
UCSD recently opened Roots, a new eatery that is the campus’ first exclusive vegetarian and vegan restaurant and lounge, located at Muir College.
“With creative, delicious dishes such as the Spicy Sierra and El Capitan, UC San Diego’s vegan-friendly dining hall puts the university at the top of its class,” said Marta Holmberg, peta2 associate director in a release.
Other large universities to come in the top five were Cornell University, University of North Texas, Towson University and University of Florida. Small colleges/universities to make the list included Wesleyan University, Oberlin College, Warren Wilson College and Andrews University.
UCSD’s Housing, Dining, and Hospitality assistant vice chancellor, Mark Cunningham, said his department set a goal three years ago to deliver one of the top vegan programs in the country.
“This national recognition is the culmination of all those efforts,” he said.