The Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI)
The Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) began in 2013 when UC president Janet Napolitano established the goal for the UC system to become carbon neutral from its buildings and vehicle fleet (scope 1 and 2) by 2025, and further carbon neutral from all other indirect sources (scope 3) by 2050. Since the initiative was announced UC has reduced its scope 1 and scope 2 emissions by 15%.
Starting in 2015 the CNI Fellowship program began to encourage student involvement in the goal of carbon neutrality. This fellowship consists of student-led projects which aid one of the goals set by UCOP. Projects that focus on scope 1 & 2 emissions are preferred although projects that focus on scope 3 emissions are also encouraged to apply.
Past projects from UCR include:
Establishing the GSA Sustainability Liaison.
Studying the relationship between water use and GHG emissions.
Alternative Transportation Survey.
Efforts with estimating and mapping GHG emissions.
Bonnie Reiss CNI Student Engagement Fellow
Undergraduate Student, Sustainability Studies