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.
In the 2013 Campus Sustainability Report, Berkeley tallies our progress toward our Campus Sustainability Goals. We have seen significant success this year, especially on greenhouse gas reductions, and have met many of our goals and are on track to achieve others. We have also added two new areas, Economic and Social Sustainability, as part of the process to prepare the report ‘in accordance’ with the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) guidelines. Additional information can be found in the GRI Content Index.
The Report also has information on a range of other projects and successes: Six years ago the campus set out to reduce its carbon footprint by one-third to bring Berkeley’s greenhouse gas emissions from campus operations back to 1990 levels. Our most recent emissions inventory reveals that Berkeley has met this target, two years ahead of schedule. Per resident water use in residence halls has declined by over 35% in the last ten years. While new halls have been built to address affordability concerns, efforts to install more water-efficient technologies and to encourage residents to use less water have also contributed to this dramatic and unexpected decline.