At UC we combine education, research, operational sustainability, cutting-edge entrepreneurship, and public service in a way that uniquely positions us to help take on both the local and global challenges of climate change.”
UC President Janet Napolitano, 2016 UC Annual Report on Sustainable Practices

Since the opening of its first campus in 1868, the University of California system has been committed to responsible stewardship of its resources and education and innovation for the public good. Today, its 10 campuses and five medical centers are nationally recognized living laboratories of sustainability. From directly investing in a sustainable future to innovating climate solutions, UC is working to ensure that students have a healthy environment in which to learn for generations to come.

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UC’s institutional sustainability commitment began in 2003 through a student initiative that led to the UC Regents adopting the Presidential Policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards in 2004. The now named Sustainable Practices Policy (pdf) has been expanded over the years to include climate protection, transportation, recycling and waste management, procurement, food and water.

UC annually reports progress towards the goals outlined in the policy in the UC Annual Report on Sustainable Practices (pdf). UC’s efforts in climate and sustainability are supported by several presidential initiatives, including the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, Global Food Initiative, and Innovation and Entrepreneurship Initiative.