Annual Report on Sustainable Practices

In keeping with the University of California's commitment to accountability, an annual report is presented to the Board of Regents each January on UC's progress toward meeting the goals in the Policy on Sustainable Practices (pdf).

Download the full 2017 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices (pdf)

Highlights from the 2017 Annual Report on Sustainable Practices include:

  • Renewable energy: The second part of an 80 MW solar project came online in Fresno County. All 10 campuses have installed on-site solar photovoltaic systems, generating 40 MW of carbon-free electricity, and an additional 30 MW are in progress.
  • Efficiency: Since its inception in 2004, the Energy Efficiency Partnership program has allowed UC campuses to avoid more than $220 million in utility costs while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Carbon neutrality: UC greenhouse gas emissions dropped slightly in 2016 even in the face of campus growth. UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC Santa Barbara have already exceeded the goal of reaching 1990 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2020, and UC Riverside is within 2 percent of their target.
  • Transportation: UC Irvine replaced its entire diesel shuttle bus fleet with 20 electric buses, supported by students who voted to charge themselves an additional fee. UCLA replaced its only remaining diesel buses with two new zero-emission electric buses.
  • Sustainable investments: UC became the first and largest founder of Aligned Intermediary, which helps investors identify investable climate infrastructure projects, and made a $100 million commitment to the TPG Rise Impact Fund, which seeks to achieve social and environmental impact in addition to competitive financial returns.
  • Food sustainability: Over $34 million in food spending (20 percent of UC food purchases) came from local and sustainable food sources. Eight of the 10 campuses have certified at least one food service facility as a green business.
  • Waste: In 2016–2017, 65 percent of waste was diverted from landfills. UC sends 1.4 lbs. per person to landfills every day, 26 percent less than other comparable universities.
  • Water use: Four out of 10 campuses and one medical center already meet or exceed the 2025 goal to reduce per capita water use by 36 percent. UC saved over 83 million more gallons of potable water compared to the previous year.
  • Building: UC added over 1.5 million square feet of new LEED-certified buildings in 2017. Roughly 20 percent of UC’s building space is now LEED-certified.