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About Us: UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative

10 Campuses. 10 Years. 1 Goal. Carbon Neutral by 2025.

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Word logo of the Carbon Neutrality Initiative in UC Blue

In November 2013, President Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality 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.

Since announcing this initiative, the UC has formed the Global Climate Leadership Council, started an Energy Services Unit to procure renewable and carbon-free energy, created Carbon Neutrality Fellowships for students and a faculty climate action champion program, and for fall 2015 is launching the UC-wide Cool Campus Challenge.

Cool Campus Challenge

Cool Campus Challenge video by UC President Janet Napolitano

Cool Campus Challenge video by UC President Janet Napolitano

Flash video (1:13)

University of California Office of the President

The Cool Campus Challenge is an online learning experience and competition between UC campuses running from October 6 to December 10, 2015. It’s designed to motivate and reward staff, faculty and students who take steps to reduce their carbon footprints and help the UC system reach Carbon Neutrality by 2025. It’s a big, daring goal, but we can get there if we all work together as a community to make it happen.

To get involved in the Cool Campus Challenge, simply sign up, starting October 6. Build your profile and invite friends; form teams if you want. Then, start taking pledges: Choose a pledge action, and if you are already doing the action, you write up what you are doing. Otherwise, you start working on the action, and then report back online. Your pledges and actions earn points.

Check in each week to take more pledges and see how UC Davis is doing on the leaderboard. There are incentive prizes for top point earners, and the UC campus with the most points will win the Challenge. Let's make UC Davis the winner, and we'll celebrate being the Coolest UC!

Carbon Neutrality Student Fellowships

UC Davis has appointed two Carbon Neutrality Fellows.

Naftali Moed, a senior in Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning, is heading up student engagement in the Carbon Neutrality Initiative

Colin Mickle, a graduate student in Community Development, is researching carbon abatement instruments, such as offsets and renewable energy credits, for both the campus and the University of California.

Faculty Climate Action Champion

UC Davis issued a call for applications on September 1, 2015. The call for 2015 applications is now closed and the 2015 Champion will be announced the week of October 12.

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