Sustainability

Through collaboration, creativity and perseverance, UC is accelerating its efforts to combat global climate disruption in California and around the world.

Two people walking through large hallway made of solar panels

We’ve made a commitment to be 100% carbon neutral by 2025

And we’re on track to meet this milestone. One campus – UC Merced – has already achieved it.

Read about Merced's achievement

What we're doing

As a research university, we’re focused on helping California build resilient communities, while shrinking our own carbon footprint. 

Read more about our progress

Clean energy

All campuses and medical centers will use 100% carbon-free or renewable electricity by 2025.

Building green, every time

All new buildings must achieve a LEED ‘Silver’ rating and cannot use natural gas for heating or cooling.

Getting around

Our campuses are moving towards hybrid, zero-emission modes of transport. And we’re cutting single-occupancy vehicle commutes by 20%.

Never waste a drop

We’re on track to slash potable water use by 36% by 2025.

Good food, healthy planet

UC is leading the way when it comes to ethically sourced and sustainably grown food at student dining halls.

Zero plastics, zero waste

We’re phasing out single-use plastics and have stopped using packaging foam.

Climate Lab

Explore our video series to learn some surprising ways to change how we think and act about climate change.

Watch Climate Lab

Global Food Initiative

UC is working to address one of the critical issues of our time: How to sustainably and nutritiously feed a world population approaching 8 billion.

Explore our efforts

Carbon neutrality 

UC research is helping the university stay on track to hit its 2025 carbon neutrality goal. 

Learn about our latest advances