UC Berkeley works to find solutions to global environmental, economic, and social challenges--inequality, climate change,  food security, water shortages and more.  We set goals, take action, and share our work.

The 2014 Sustainability Report shares the transformations and successes of the previous 12 months.  The past year has brought several changes to the campus, with the expanded mission of the Office of Sustainability and Energy, new opportunities to craft energy policy for the campus, and new and additional staff working on important projects. 

A couple of these changes are especially impactful. The carbon neutrality goal set by UC President Napolitano is one of these, as the thought of getting emissions to essentially zero is both empowering and daunting.  Many on campus are already rethinking and retooling, with an eye toward meeting this challenge. A second item of note relates to the percentage of recent graduates (FY13-14) who took at least one sustainability course.  That figure is now 29%, up from 26% just the year before.  As more classes and related majors are developed, the campus may see even higher proportions in the coming years.   

After compiling annual sustainability reports for the past six years, this year we are sharing a condensed version, which focuses on key highlights and updated metrics for the preceding year.  We will reach out to stakeholders to gauge whether this approach of a limited annual report in alternate years offered enough value and transparency. 

2013 Sustainability Report (2013 GRI Content Index)

Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Reports

Student fellowships have been created to fund student-generated projects supporting the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative - achieving zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The  first report written by student fellows was published in spring 2015.The report analyzed student attitudes and knowledge about the Carbon Neutrality Intiative. 

Read the report "Are students neutral to the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative?" here

Global Food Initiative Student Reports

Student fellowships have been created to support the UC Global Food Initiative's goal “to harness the resources of the University of California – its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service – to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” As part of their fellowships, students conduct research and write a report on their findings of how to promote a more sustainable food system.

Featured GFI reports: A Brief Snapshot of the Long Beach Local Food Movement and Food Bikes and the Mobile Food Revolution

STARS Report

Interested in seeing UC Berkeley's responses to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) questionnaire? Read the report here. 

IARU Green Guide for Universities


UC Berkeley is one of ten universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Click to view and download the IARU's new green guide for universities, which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities, ranging from laboratory design to managerial and organizational aspects.