Cool Campus Challenge
Last fall students, staff, and faculty across the UC system took action in the Cool Campus Challenge (CCC) to reduce their carbon footprint in response to the pressing global issues of climate disruption and to help UC meet its commitment to be carbon neutral by 2025.
The Cool Campus Challenge - a ten week long, friendly competition between all ten UC campuses - was created through a partnership between the University of California and the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory at UC Berkeley, led by Professor Daniel Kammen.
At Berkeley 1,750 faculty, staff and students joined the challenge! Our collective actions will reduce 1,021,720 million of pounds of carbon emissions each year. Berkeley had particularly high involvement of teams based on campus departments and organizations, and nominations of climate heroes. Challenge participants nominated 85 UC Berkeley students, faculty, and staff as climate heroes to honor them for their efforts.
Bending the Curve
Over 50 scholars from a variety of disciplines across the ten UC campuses are rising to the challenge meeting California’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions by 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and the UC's pledge to achieve carbon neutrality by 2025.
In this report, researchers present ten scalable solutions - such as targeting direct regulatory measures and regenerating damaged natural ecosystems - to make carbon neutrality and climate stability a reality. The Executive Summary of the Bending the Curve Report can be viewed here. The full report will be released in Spring 2016.
Many UC Berkeley researchers played an instrumental role in creating this report. These include Daniel Kammen (Vice Chair), Maximilian Auffhammer, Anthony D. Barnosky, Rachel Morello-Frosch, Per Peterson, Ramamoorthy Ramesh, and Lisa D. White.
Carbon Neutral Berkeley by 2025
UC has a goal to be carbon neutral by 2025. To achieve carbon neutrality from scope 1 and 2 carbon emissions by 2025, 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.
See Berkeley's 2025 Carbon Neutrality Planning Framework.
Download an information flyer about Berkeley and Carbon Neutrality Initiative.
Student Carbon Neutrality Fellows
The current student carbon neutrality fellows are Lindsey Agnew (Carbon Neutrality Education Fellow), Charlotte O'Donnell (Carbon Neutrality Student Engagement Fellow), Ben Rushakoff, (Carbon Neutrality Fellow), and Sarah Strochak (Carbon Neutrality Student Engagement 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 minimize one's personal impact. If you are interested in having a presentation at your next event, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) is a collaboration of faculty, administration, staff, and students working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve carbon neutrality at UC Berkeley.
CalCAP's work has been instrumental in helping Berkeley achieve its goal of reducting its carbon emissions to 1990 levels, two years ahead of schedule. Read more about CalCAP here.
CNI Intiative Video
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.