Greenhouse Gases

Climate Action
UC Santa Cruz joins Climate Action Commitment

The University of California is giving serious attention to its contribution to global warming. 

All 10 UC campuses are members of the California Climate Action Registry and publicly report third-party verified greenhouse gas emissions. Calculating an emissions inventory and developing a strategy to reduce those emissions are the first steps toward solving the challenges of global warming.

The goals for the UC System include:

  • By December 2008, develop an action plan for becoming climate neutral as soon as possible.
  • To reduce GHG emissions to the year 2000 levels by 2014.
  • To reduce GHG emissions to the year 1990 levels by 2020.

UC Berkeley’s climate action plan has become a model for universities nationwide.

UC Santa Barbara has also gained recognition for their leadership in climate change.

American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment
In 2007 the University of California became a founding signatory of the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment: a broad effort by the nation’s higher education institution to address global warming.  The commitment calls for UC campuses to take the following steps to achieve climate-neutrality as soon as possible: create institutional structures, select and implement tangible actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, complete a comprehensive greenhouse gas inventory, develop a climate-neutral action plan, and make information publicly available.


UC Berkeley became the 1st campus to complete a climate action plan (far in advance of the policy's December 2008 deadline). UC Berkeley is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emission to 1990 levels by 2014, six years earlier than required by the policy or state law.


The UC Santa Barbara campus earned second place in the National Wildlife Federation’s national “Chill Out” competition for exemplifying the significant impact that colleges and universities are making in providing “leadership to confront global warming head on.”

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