University of California, Riverside

Sustainability



Climate


Background

In March 2007, the University of California signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC), pledging that all ten UC campuses will maintain greenhouse gas emission inventories and achieve climate neutrality as soon as possible. The Presidents Climate Commitment is intended to catalyze climate protection research, education and action by universities and colleges, which are uniquely positioned to develop solutions that slow and reverse global warming. All 50 states are represented in the ACUPCC signatory list, which totals 677 institutions of higher education as of April 2011. Chancellor Tim White was selected as Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the ACUPCC in 2011.

The University of California adopted system-wide interim climate protection targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 2000 levels by 2014, and 1990 levels by 2020. As of 2016 the university's total greenhouse gas emissions are now below 2000 levels, and three campuses have reduced emissions to 1990 levels. These targets mirror the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32). This law requires the California Air Resources Board to establish a greenhouse gas emissions cap for the state of California and develop regulations and market mechanisms to achieve the mandated reductions.

Each UC campus utilizes The Climate Registry (TCR) to measure, third party verify, and publicly report its greenhouse gas emissions. UCR first reported and certified its emissions in 2006. At this time, the campus certified carbon dioxide emissions from mobile combustion (campus fleet), stationary combustion (natural gas) and purchased electricity. UCR now certifies all six Kyoto greenhouse gases in its reporting and tracks emissions from university-sponsored air travel and student and employee commuting, which we submit to the ACUPCC and UCOP.

Our Impact

In December of 2010 UCR published its revised Climate Action Plan detailing our past, current and projected GHG emissions. In 2015 we were responsible for emitting approximately 86,224 MMTCO2e. The largest contributor to our emissions comes from electricity use, followed by commuting, natural gas and mobile fleet operations.

What you can do:

Be carbon conscious. Look at your activities to see how you can reduce GHG emissions by how you travel to and from campus, how you power up your days and nights, what types of food you eat, and how much water you use. It takes behavioral change and commitment to a safer, cleaner future to achieve our reduction goals.

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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Office of Sustainability
University Village
1223 University Avenue, Suite 200P

Tel: (951) 827-1270
Fax: (951) 827-3890
E-mail: sustain@ucr.edu

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