Sustainability

Grapes in a vineyard

Could wildfires ruin our wine?

Researchers are racing to find ways to help California's iconic wine industry adapt to a changing climate, including drought and wildfire.

California canal

Could California put solar panels on top of canals?

Scientists at UC Merced and UC Santa Cruz are exploring a potential project to combine renewable energy with water conservation.

Woman in a garden

In an extraordinary year, an unwavering commitment to sustainability

Despite massive disruptions caused by the global pandemic, UC made significant progress in its efforts to combat climate change and build resilience across its campuses.

The Earth with flames on it

Greta is right, researchers say

A global team of scientists suggests extraordinary action on sustainability is necessary soon to avoid a dark future.

Solar panels on top of UC Merced campus buildings

UC Merced becomes the first public research university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality

A landmark accomplishment for the campus, two years ahead of its goal.

City skyline

Drop in pandemic CO2 emissions previews world of electric vehicles

A UC Berkeley sensing network shows a 25 percent drop in Bay Area CO2 levels immediately after shelter-in-place.

San Diego cityscape

California cities doing the most on climate action

California is leading the way on emission cuts, and it's no coincidence its leading cities feature UC campuses.

Young man smiles in campus garden

UCs top Sierra magazine's ‘Cool Schools’ rankings

UC Irvine takes the top spot with five other UC campuses in the top 30 of the Sierra Club’s sustainable schools list.

Tracey Osborne

Professor Tracey Osborne taking on complex, grand challenges in climate and social justice

All of our greatest challenges are connected, says Osborne, and solutions lie in the recognition of that fact.

Copter over the mountain

Extreme wildfires can create their own dangerous weather, including fire tornadoes — here's how

Extreme wildfires can fuel tornadoes, creating erratic and dangerous conditions for firefighters.

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