Annual Report on Sustainable Practices

In keeping with the University of California's commitment to accountability, an annual report is presented 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: 2016 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices (pdf) 

Some highlights:

  • Renewable energy: The first of two solar farms came online in the California Central Valley, totaling 80 megawatts, part of the largest solar purchase ever made by a U.S. university. More than 36 megawatts of combined on-site solar energy is currently installed systemwide across the campuses.
  • Sustainable investments: UC is ranked first among university investment funds, and 17th among all worldwide investment funds addressing climate change by the nonprofit Asset Owners Disclosure Project.
  • Carbon neutrality: UC Santa Barbara and UCLA have already exceeded the goal of reaching 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2020.
  • Energy Efficiency: Across the university, more than 1,000 projects have registered with the Energy Efficiency Partnership (EEP) program, receiving $82 million in incentive payments and avoiding $28 million in annual energy costs. In 2016 alone, 45 UC projects participated in the program, earning $4.4 million in incentives. Those projects are projected to avoid $550,000 annually in utility bill costs due to their energy efficient design strategies.
  • Food sustainability: Over 20 percent of UC food purchases from 2015–2016 were sourced from sustainable products. Seven of the 10 campuses and five medical centers have certified at least one foodservice facility as a green business.
  • Water use: Four out of 10 campuses already meet or exceed the 2025 goal to reduce per capita water use by 36 percent. In total, campuses saved enough potable water in 2016 to fill 647 Olympic sized swimming pools.
  • Waste: In 2015–2016, 69 percent of waste was diverted from landfills. UC sends 198 pounds per person to landfills per year, 26 percent less than the average of other comparable universities.