Campus Initiatives

Each year, UC Berkeley tallies our progress toward our Campus Sustainability Goals.   We have seen significant success this year, especially on greenhouse gas reductions. We have met many of our goals and are on track to achieve others. In our 2015-16 Sustainability Report, we present key highlights and updated metrics. 

But this report isn’t just about numbers. Its intent is also to share some of the interesting stories of the daily work we all do to improve our campus operations, to engage our students and staff, and to accelerate our progress. 

Below is a summary of goals for each sustainability area we have identified. Click on any topic for more in-depth analysis and stories about that area of sustainability. 


Goal: By 2014, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. 


Goal: Achieve climate neutrality from building and fleet use by 2025. 

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Goal: By 2014, reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels. 


Goal: Achieve climate neutrality from building and fleet use by 2025. 

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Goal: Reduce potable water use to 10% below 2008 levels by 2020. 

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Built Environment

Goal: Design future projects to minimize energy and water consumption and wastewater production; incorporate sustainable design principles into capital investment decisions; base capital investment decisions on life cycle cost, including the cost of known future expenditures. 

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Goal: Achieve a 75% diversion rate by June 2012 and zero waste by 2020. 

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Goal: Comply with the University of California environmentally-preferable purchasing policies and procedures. 

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Goal: By 2020, increase sustainable food purchases by campus foodservice providers to at least 20%. 

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Goal: By 2014, reduce fuel use by commuters and campus fleet to 25% below 1990 levels. 


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Land Use

Goal: Plan every new project to serve as a model of resource conservation and environmental stewardship. 

On Track

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  Academics & Learning

Summary: In 2013-14, 29% of undergraduates took at least one course focused on sustainability. The campus offers over 500 sustainability courses, of which 240 are directly focused on the subject. There are at least 200 faculty engaged in sustainability research  in almost half of the departments on campus.

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Summary: UC Berkeley is consistently rated among the top institutions in the world for the quality and breadth of its research programs, the distinction of its faculty, and the excellence of its Ph.D. programs. Berkeley’s strength includes particular expertise in addressing pressing global challenges such as health, energy, and the environment, receiving $714 million in research contracts and grants in 2011/12. There are at least 200 faculty engaged in sustainability research  in almost half of the departments on campus. The research is diverse and influential, as these examples from campus publications clearly show.  

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Summary:  Each year the sustainability report includes summary tables of data pertaining to the above areas. The 2014 report includes data from 1990, 1995, 2000, 2011, 2012 and 2013 to allow for comparative temporal analysis.   For the complete data table, please see page 17 of the 2014 Sustainability Report PDF.