Annual Report on Sustainable Practices

In keeping with the University of California's commitment to accountability, an annual report is provided to the Board of Regents each January on UC's progress toward meeting the goals in the Policy on Sustainable Practices (pdf).

Download the full report: 2015 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices (pdf) Some highlights:

  • President Napolitano’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits the University to emitting zero-net greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, becoming the first major research University in the country do so.
  • As part of the University’s initiative to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025, UC convened a summit last fall during which we unveiled a report on scalable climate solutions that drew from the work of 50 UC faculty members across multiple disciplines.
  • UC broke ground on two solar photovoltaic (PV) installations totaling 80MW, which when completed in 2016 will supply 60 percent of the University’s direct access electricity demand.
  • UC Davis opened the largest onsite solar energy installation of any university in the country. The 16 megawatt (MW) solar farm more than doubled the total installed solar energy on UC campuses to 30.7 MW. This nearly triples UC’s original policy goal to install 10 MW of renewable energy on campuses. UC campuses are developing an additional 26 MW of solar projects, so UC’s on-campus solar numbers will continue to increase.
  • UC Investments committed to allocating $1 billion over five years to investment in climate change and sustainability solutions, a decision that the White House recognized as part of its Clean Energy Investment Initiative. Building on this commitment, UC became a founding member of the Breakthrough Energy Coalition, a group of investors led by Bill Gates that is committed to investing in technology that can help solve energy and climate challenges.
  • UC received approximately $6.7 million in incentive payments in 2015 from the statewide Energy Efficiency Partnership program to implement 72 energy efficiency projects. Those projects are projected to save approximately 23 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 1.2 million therms of natural gas annually.
  • The University of California has 225 LEED-certified buildings, which is more than 18 million gross square feet (new construction, renovation, homes and existing building certifications), the most of any university in the country. In 2015, 6 projects earned LEED-Platinum certification, 14 Gold, 3 Silver, and 2 Certified.