Policy Target: 1990 levels of greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, Climate Neutrality by 2025

In 2013 UC President Napolitano declared that UC will be the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality, with a target date of 2025. Since 1990 UCLA has grown almost 40%, adding nearly eight million square feet to the campus footprint, the equivalent of over 4,000 houses. Over the last two decades UCLA research awards and grants have exploded from less than $300 million to over one billion dollars annually. One would expect with such remarkable growth to see a parallel increase in greenhouse gas emissions. Yet through a combination of energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainable transportation programs and offsets, UCLA reduced greenhouse gas emissions to below 1990 levels in 2014, achieving the 2020 goal six years ahead of schedule.  A focus on energy efficiency allows UCLA to reduce its emissions in a financially feasibility way. For more detail and a current list of energy initiatives click here. The university continues to grow and UCLA is in the process of developing a Carbon Neutrality Plan. To get to neutrality in 2025, in addition to deeper energy efficiency, will require increasing on site biogas, purchasing green energy, and offsetting the remaining emissions.    


Planning documents:

UCLA Climate Action Plan
President’s 2025 Climate Neutrality Initiative

UCOP Annual Sustainability Reports
American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) Reports
2011 California Air Resources Board Report (Excel) Additional CARB Reports
2006 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
2007 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
2009 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
2010 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
2011 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
2012 Third-Party Verified GHG Emissions
Full detailed emissions reports are also publicly available at: http://tcrreports.org/ 

Media and Awards:
UCLA Today: New solar panels help power ackerman
KPCC 89.3: Dorm versus dorm in Do-it-in-the-dark energy competition
UCLA Today: A giant check for energy savings
UCLA Today: Power misers scour campus for ways to save energy

Climate Action Registry Climate Action Leader, 2006, 2007


University of California wins prestigious Climate Leadership Award