Cool Campus Challenge

Reduce UC Carbon Emissions via the Cool Campus Challenge! 

UC Berkeley crowned the Coolest UC Campus in 2019 Cool Campus Challenge

Chancellor Christ and students participate in the Cool Campus Challenge

“Berkeley is proud to take the crown of Coolest UC this year,” Stoll said, “but it is open game next time around — and UCLA has got some chops. Ultimately this is a win for the planet and for all of us to have deeper engagement with our community.”

  • Berkeley racked up the top carbon reducing score 9.5 million points!

  • Berkeley engaged over 4,215 participants, engaging 7.5% of the campus.

  • We reduced 2,026 metric tons CO2e in self-reported actions, equivalent to taking about 500 cars off the road for a year. 

Read the press releasefrom UC

Read the press from the Daily Cal

See the slidedeck from the Berkeley Coolest UC Celebration

Check out CNI Fellow Sage Lenier's Op-Ed

Show the world how by reducing your carbon emissions!

At home and around the globe, Berkeley students, staff, and faculty are taking action to reduce our own carbon footprints and to find real and lasting solutions to climate disruption. Our collective actions - saving energy, walking and riding bikes, choosing solar power, eating plant-forward, and more - reduce millions of pounds of carbon emissions each year. 

2019 Cool Campus Challenge

From April 1 through April 26, the 10 campuses across the University of California system participated in a competition to see which UC location can do the most to reduce its carbon footprint.  Contestants also spread the word about the importance of going carbon neutral.  These collective efforts have helped advance UC in its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.

Highlights from the 2019 Cool Campus Challenge:

  • UC engaged over 22,000 participants, engaging 7.6% of the entire system-wide population. 

  • Participants on average took 9 actions each, for a total of 200,000 completed actions. 

  • Roughly two-thirds of participants were students. 

  • UC reduced 10,220 metric tons CO2e in self-reported actions, equivalent to taking 2,170 cars off the road for a year. 

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Get ideas from Past Cool Campus Challenges, and see past competition results! 

Cool Campus Challenge 2019 poster

Challenge Highlights

 Who What Where When graphic

Cool Campus Challenge 2019 week 4 Instagram image

CNI Intiative Video

UC Cool Campus Initiative