It is important to regularly take a step back and reflect on successes and lessons learned, and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.  Sharing these reflections invites others to celebrate and plan with you – which is a primary goal of this sustainability report for the UC Berkeley campus.  With this 2015-2016 Report – the eighth in the series – the campus provides transparency through on-going diligence on data accuracy, while streamlining the reporting to better focus on the most material aspects of our work.  It covers two academic years, with the hope that it continues to provide value to our stakeholders.

The last two years saw the campus hit interesting milestones:

  • Solar PV systems at MLK Jr. Student Union, the new Eshleman, the Recreation Sports Facility (RSF) complex, and the University Village, Albany family student housing, and Jacob Hall are  generating 1 MW of power from the sun.
  • 1,750 faculty, staff and students joined the Cool Campus Challenge, pledging actions that will reduce 1,021,720 million of pounds of carbon emissions each year. 
  • In April 2016, The Green Initiative Fund was renewed for an additional 10 years by a 68% ‘yes’ vote of students to increase their fees to support the fund. Since its inaugural grant cycle in spring 2008, TGIF has awarded more than $2 million in grants to 160 projects.
  • There are around 50 registered student environmental groups.

Other Fun Facts

  • 29% of undergraduates took at least one course on our campus focused on sustainability in 2013–14.
  • During their regular commute, faculty, staff, and students walk approximately 9.6 million miles per year and bike 10.1 million miles per year.
  • Since 1975, Berkeley has reduced water use by one-third, while the campus has grown in square footage and population.

2014 Sustainability Report

2013 Sustainability Report (2013 GRI Content Index)

Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Reports

Student fellowships have been created to fund student-generated projects supporting the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative - achieving zero-net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. The  first report written by student fellows was published in spring 2015.The report analyzed student attitudes and knowledge about the Carbon Neutrality Intiative. 

Read the report "Are students neutral to the UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative?" here

Global Food Initiative Student Reports

Student fellowships have been created to support the UC Global Food Initiative's goal “to harness the resources of the University of California – its research, people, expertise, and tradition of public service – to put the world on a pathway to feed itself in ways that are nutritious and sustainable.” As part of their fellowships, students conduct research and write a report on their findings of how to promote a more sustainable food system.

Featured GFI reports: A Brief Snapshot of the Long Beach Local Food Movement and Food Bikes and the Mobile Food Revolution

STARS Report

Interested in seeing UC Berkeley's responses to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education's (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS) questionnaire? Read the report here. 

IARU Green Guide for Universities


UC Berkeley is one of ten universities in the International Alliance of Research Universities (IARU). Click to view and download the IARU's new green guide for universities, which addresses key areas of sustainability at universities, ranging from laboratory design to managerial and organizational aspects.