UC awards more than $80 million in state-funded grants to spur climate action
On Aug. 23, the university announced that it is awarding over $80 million in climate action grants, as part of a historic partnership between the University of California and the state of California.
The Seed and Matching Grant projects will mitigate wildfire risks, combat soil degradation and erosion, address water management in the state and create land stewardship partnerships led by Indigenous communities. The selected projects aim to improve the health of farmworkers; increase the resilience of state water and power systems; and identify innovative nature-based solutions toward biodiversity degradation, sea level rise, and wildfire risk. Other projects align with the state’s solar and conservation goals and adapt community evacuation preparations to accommodate the rising prevalence of electric vehicles. These two-year grants cover every region of the state.
“As the state’s preeminent research institution, the University of California is proud to partner with the state to pursue our shared climate goals. The innovations catalyzed by the Climate Action awards will make all of our communities safer, more sustainable, and more resilient,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “I am grateful to the state Legislature and Gov. Newsom for providing funding to support this critical research on climate change in California.”
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