Global Climate Leadership Council

The Global Climate Leadership Council was formed in 2014 to advise UC on achieving the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 (pdf) while also providing guidance for furthering its other longstanding sustainability goals. The council will also provide guidance on integrating the carbon neutrality initiative and other sustainability goals into UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.

The council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC and will engage the entire university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.

The council is organized around key areas of contribution toward the initiative’s success:

Council members

The council is co-chaired by Rachael Nava (Chief Operating Officer, UCOP), and Wendell Brase, UC Irvine’s Vice Chancellor for Administration. Council members include UC officials, students and outside experts:

  • David Auston, Professor of Electrical & Computer Engineering (UCSB)
  • Roger Bales, Professor of Engineering (UCM)
  • Matt Barth, Professor of Engineering (UCR)
  • Carl Blumstein, Director, California Institute for Energy and Environment (UCB)
  • Nathan Brostrom, EVP/CFO Budget Analysis & Planning (UCOP)
  • Sandra Brown, Vice Chancellor for Research (UCSD)
  • Ann Carlson, Vice Dean and Professor, School of Law (UCLA)
  • Peggy Delaney, Vice Chancellor for Planning and Budget (UCSC)
  • John Elliott, Chief Sustainability Officer (LBNL)
  • Juan Gonzalez, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs (UCSD)
  • Glenda Humiston, Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources (UCOP)
  • Amy Jaffe, Director, CIO's Senior Advisor, Energy & Sustainability (UCOP)
  • Paul Jenny, Senior Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration (UCSF)
  • Daniel Kammen, Professor in Energy and Resources Group (UCB)
  • Nelson Peacock, Senior Vice President for Federal Government Relations (UCOP)
  • Tom Peterson, Executive Vice Chancellor-Provost (UCM)
  • David Phillips, Associate Vice President, Energy & Sustainability (UCOP)
  • V. Ram Ramanathan, Lecturer, Director (UCSD)
  • Elvyra F. San Juan, Assistant Vice Chancellor, CSU Chancellor's Office
  • Christopher Orner, Student Member (UCB)
  • Michael Siminovitch, Professor/Director of the California Lighting Technology (UCD)
  • Benjamin Sommerkorn, Graduate Student Representative (UCR)
  • Chrissy Thomure, Climate Action Manager (UCSC)
  • Paul Watkins, Chief Administrative Officer, (UCLA Medical Center)
  • Scott Waugh, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost (UCLA)

External Advisors

  • Tamara "TJ" DiCaprio, Director of Enviromental Sustainability, Microsoft
  • H. Ramé Hemstreet, Vice President, Operations, Kaiser Permanente
  • Ren Orans, Managing Partner, E3
  • Debbie Raphael, Director, Department of Enviroment, City of San Francisco