The University of California is one of the world leaders in sustainable transportation research. The Institute for Transportation Studies is one of the largest multi-campus research institutes with robust programs.
The UC Davis Sustainable Transportation Center, established in 2005, examines the different ways transportation can meet the needs of all segments of society while minimizing environmental, societal, and economic costs. The center receives funding through the California Department of Transportation and the University Transportation Center program of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Since 2003, UC Davis and UC Irvine have run multi-million-dollar programs studying consumer acceptance and use of fuel cell vehicles. Foci are on vehicle designs that will maximize environmental benefits and consumer acceptance towards the vehicles.
In August 2007, UC researchers from Davis and UC Berkeley released a blueprint for fighting global warming by reducing the amount of carbon emitted when transportation fuels are used in California. The low carbon fuel standard, designed to stimulate improvements in transportation-fuel technologies, was commissioned by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The governor asked UC’s top transportation-energy experts to design a standard that would reduce carbon emissions from fuels by 10 percent by 2020.