Carbon Neutrality

Getting to Zero Emissions

Solar Panels at the RSF Complex

In 2013 the UC system pledged to be carbon neutral by 2025. To achieve carbon neutrality from scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions in the next decade, Berkeley must get emissions to net-zero for building energy use and fleet vehicles use.  For Berkeley to meet this target campus emissions will need to be reduced about 80% below 1990 levels. A neutrality date for scope 3 emissions is currently 2050.

UC Berkeley has taken the first steps toward neutrality by reducing emissions to 1990 levels, faster than required by California guidelines. The campus is working to progressively lower emissions until carbon neutrality is achieved.  

Download an information flyer about Berkeley and Carbon Neutrality Initiative.

Personal Actions to Reduce Energy Consumption

Student Carbon Fellows

The current student carbon neutrality fellows are Amy Craik (Carbon Neutrality Initiative Faculty Engagement Fellow), Jean Ji (Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow), and Jordan French (Carbon Neutrality Initiative Fellow)

Student Carbon Fellow reports can be viewed here.

The fellows offer educational presentations about the science and effects of climate change, as well as ways to reduce personal energy consumption. If you are interested in having a presentation at your next event, please email


Jean Ji, a UC Berkeley junior majoring in Environmental Sciences, is focusing on engaging residents across all units to take actions that reduce their personal energy consumption. She is designing outreach materials and planning educational events at each residence hall to educate residents on the Carbon Neutrality Initiative and to foster behavioral changes that reduce personal energy consumption.

For more information about this educational campaign, or interested in co-hosting one, please email Jean at 

Bending the Curve

In this report 50 UC scholars present ten scalable carbon solutions - such as targeting direct regulatory measures and regenerating damaged natural ecosystems - to make carbon neutrality and climate stability a reality. The solutions to Bending the Curve can be viewed here. (link is external)  UC Berkeley researchers played an instrumental role in creating this report.

Cool Campus Challenge

UC Berkeley participated in the UC-wide Cool Campus Challenge - a friendly competition between all 10 campuses over 10 weeks to help the University of California achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.

Read more about the CCC results here.

See the Cool Campus Challenge Summary and Evaluation Report.


CNI Intiative Video

UC Cool Campus Initiative