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.