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How three UC campuses are phasing out fossil fuels

UC’s new climate policy, adopted in July 2023, commits the entire 10-campus system to eliminating greenhouse gas emissions by 2045, aligning the university with the state’s target date for net zero carbon emission.

“Each campus will set their own schedules to drive the transition away from fossil fuels,” explains David Phillips, associate vice president for energy and sustainability at UC Office of the President. “Chancellors [Cynthia] Larive, [UC Santa Cruz], [Carol] Christ, [UC Berkeley] and [Gary] May [UC Davis] are trailblazing what’s feasible, and their fellow chancellors will set their campus’s public goals later this year, informed by site-specific studies funded by the State of California.”

“This kind of transformative change doesn’t happen spontaneously. The university has a smaller carbon footprint today because of the ambitious goals it set in the past, and because our community came together to meet those goals,” said UC President Michael V. Drake, M.D. “As we grapple with a worsening climate crisis, we’re raising the bar once again. Progress like we’re seeing at Davis, Santa Cruz and Berkeley is proving that decarbonization is both necessary and possible.”

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To learn more about how UC is working to meet its sustainability goals, check out the 2023 Sustainability Report — our 20th annual edition!


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