Carbon Neutrality

Goal

Reach carbon neutrality by 2025.

In November 2013, UC President Napolitano announced the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from all campus activities, buildings and vehicles by 2025. UC Davis is also working to achieve net-zero GHG emissions from our commuting and business air travel activities by 2050. To reach this ambitious goal, UC Davis will need to continue:

Progress

Since 2007, UC Davis has been decreasing GHG emissions through a combination of different efforts. How have we been able to reduce emissions? UC Davis has:

And how do we make our growth have less impact? We build green – the campus has nearly 915,000 square feet of LEED® certified™ built space, about 7 percent of total square footage. Our Graduate School of Management and Conference Center, first-of-its-kind in the world winery, brewery and food processing building, and Tercero residence halls are examples of our 7 LEED Platinum® buildings.

Next Steps

Over the next 18 months, ESS will prepare an update to the existing campus Climate Action Plan, in partnership with many campus stakeholders, and our office will also work with the campus student Carbon Neutrality Fellows and the faculty Climate Action Champion on engaging our campus community in the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

What do you think?

How can UC Davis reach net zero GHG emissions? How should we target our investments in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and other paths to reduce emissions? How can we build in resilience and adaptation to our changing climate while continuing to take action to reduce emissions?

Davis campus operational (scope 1 & 2) GHG emissions, measured in metric tons carbon dioxide equivalent (MTCO2e).

The UC Davis Large Solar Power Plant, July 2015 — production from the 16.3 MW array is now supplying the campus.

Tercero Student Housing, a LEED Platinum® complex. UC Davis is demonstrating that green building can deliver environmental and teaching benefits.