UC is a founding signatory to the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment and has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to year 1990 levels by 2020, and to achieve climate neutrality for scope one and two emissions by 2025 and scope three emissions as soon as possible.

two graphs showing uc greenhouse gas emissions for 2009-13, broken down by Scope 1 (Natural Gas, Campus Fleet, Fugitive), Scope 2 (Purchased Electricity), and Scope 3 (Campus Commute, Business Air Travel). The first graph shows the 2020 Policy Goal. The second shows the 2025 Neutrality Goal.

In 2013 UC emitted 1.6 million metric tons CO2e in total emissions, and close to 1.2 million metric tons CO2e in scopes one and two emissions—a 3.5% decrease from 2012.  UC needs to reduce its emissions by 360,000 metric tons CO2e (23%) to reach its 2020 goal and close to 1.2 million metric tons CO2e to reach its 2025 neutrality goal. Explore our website to find out how UC is planning on meeting these goals.

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

In Nov. 2013, President Napolitano this initiative, which commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done.

Global Climate Leadership Council

Formed in 2014 to advise UC on achieving the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 while providing guidance on other longstanding sustainability goals.

Energy efficiency

Overview of the Strategic Energy Plan, Deep Energy Efficiency and Cogeneration Study, Higher Education Energy Efficiency Partnership and efficiency-related cost savings.

Onsite renewable energy

Summary of systemwide renewable energy sources, including both solar and biogas projects.

Campus climate action

UC campus climate action plans and greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

Prospectus for a Sustainable Future Strategies for Implementing UC's Commitment to Climate Neutrality PDF

Strategies for Implementing UC's Commitment to Climate Neutrality

2011 report by a team of campus and systemwide leaders that studies proactive investments in carbon abatement.