Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan

Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan

Chancellor Gary May has directed the preparation of a plan for all of UC Davis, including UC Davis Health, to move away from fossil fuel use in our operations. We will chart the process of the plan on this page, and list feedback opportunities for the campus community.

Background  Process  Feedback

Background

UC Davis has taken action to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and source renewable energy, and we have more work to do. We are now studying how to eliminate most fossil fuel use from our operations with a Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan.

Process

Chancellor May asked the co-chairs of the Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) to ensure the plan is prepared by the end of 2022. The Chancellor specifically did not set a date for achieving fossil fuel-free operations; he wants the planning to document opportunities and resources needs and those findings will enable campus leadership to make data-driven decisions about implementation timing. To inform the planning process, the CACS has created a consensus-based definition of fossil fuel-free for UC Davis, and articulated a consensus-based vision statement for the plan.

CACS Definition of Fossil Fuel-Free:

Fossil Fuel-Free for UC Davis for the 2022 planning phase means 95% no fossil fuel use as measured annually for all UC Davis operations (Scope 1) and all UC Davis purchased utilities (Scope 2), against a baseline of 2019 fossil fuel use.

The plan will include public input on fossil fuel-free definitions for our commuting and air travel emissions. The plan will acknowledge the need to track emissions for other Scope 3 sources and begin to set goals for these emissions sources, and devise policy recommendations that can already be implemented now while we improve on our ability to track Scope 3 emissions.

CACS Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan Vision Statement:

The UC Davis Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) envisions the Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan for UC Davis will offer scenarios for tangible actions, with proposed dates and measurable goals, to achieve our definition of fossil fuel-free. The plan will thread equity and climate justice, and habitat health throughout our scenarios and planned actions to do right by the local and global communities we serve; will be adaptable and position the university for resiliency and to reduce financial, operational and reputational risk of continued dependence on fossil fuel-based energy systems. The technologies to electrify and decarbonize exist now and the CACS envisions a phased planning process that retains the flexibility to incorporate new scientific insights and technological advances; and reflects applicable laws and policies, and established global commitments and social and cultural shifts around the climate emergency. This plan will continue to evolve with these new inputs and information.

Upcoming Feedback and Education Opportunities

Come to Town Halls and other events to learn more about UC Davis' greenhouse gas emissions, and our planning process to move away from fossil fuel use.

Visit the Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS) Table at TGFS!

May 11, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Russell Field 

Come meet some of the CACS members, learn from them about the Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Plan, and share your thoughts and feedback!

Coming Clean: A Demand for a Fossil Free UC Film Screening

Friday, May 13, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Teaching & Learning Complex, Room 1020 and Zoom option
Registration required.

Sponsored by the College of Biological Sciences and Fossil Free UC Davis (FFUCD), and with participation by the Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS). This event will offer introductory remarks, the film screening, and a panel Q&A with the film-makers, members of FFUCD, and members of the CACS. Come learn more about why fossil free is important, what climate actions UC Davis is taking, and our next steps on the journey to fossil fuel-free.

Fossil Fuel-Free Pathway Planning (FFPP) Town Halls

Chancellor Gary May has directed the preparation of a plan for all of UC Davis, including UC Davis Health, to move away from fossil fuel use in our operations. Come to this Town Hall, sponsored by the Campus Advisory Committee on Sustainability, to learn more about UC Davis' greenhouse gas emissions, and our planning process to move away from fossil fuel use.

Town Hall #1  In person

Tuesday, May 17, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Davis campus: Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room
No registration required; light refreshments provided.

Town Hall #2  In person & Zoom

Thursday, May 19, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Sacramento (Health) campus: Education Building, Room 3204

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