UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative

call_to_actionThe UC Office of the President announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative in November 2013. The Initiative aims for the University of California to emit net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025. To get there, President Napolitano created a Global Climate Leadership Council (GCLC). The GCLC harnesses the research, teaching, service, and operations strengths of the ten UC campuses to:

  • Advise senior leadership on successful implementation of the system-wide plan for achieving carbon neutrality by 2025,
  • Disseminate campus sustainability best practices,
  • Coordinate all relevant stakeholders to integrate sustainability goals and policies into the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, and
  • Connect the Initiative to UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.

UC Irvine offers significant leadership to the GCLC:

  • Vice Chancellor Wendell Brase co-chairs the Council,
  • Vice Chancellor Thomas Parham was a member of the Council and chaired the Student Engagement Working Group in 2014-15,
  • Director Abby Reyes co-chairs the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group and leads Sustainability Leadership training to CNI fellows at all ten campuses,
  • Professors Jack Brouwer, Steven Davis, Michael Prather, Eric Rignot, and others are members of the Applied Research Working Group,
  • Professor Travis Huxman is a member of the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group,
  • Professors Debra Richardson and Bill Tomlinson led development of GCLC’s system-wide Climate and Sustainability Education Resource Library, and
  • Earth System Science student Ashley Payne was the system-wide graduate student representative to the Council in 2014-15.

To get involved, please email sustainability-initiative@uci.edu.

For Faculty


Faculty Engagement and Education

The purpose of the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group of the GCLC is (1) to develop broad faculty support and participation in UC’s 2025 carbon neutrality goal and (2) to advance UC leadership in climate change and sustainability education. The work group aims to make sustainability and climate neutrality part of the curricular and/or other educational experience of all UC students by 2020. Get involved via the UC Climate Champions website.



For Students


 Student Fellowships

The UCI Global Sustainability Resource Center is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Student Fellowships and Energize Colleges Internships.

These paid opportunities are sponsored by the UC President’s Global Food and Carbon Neutrality Initiatives and Strategic Energy Innovations (SEI). The internships are one quarter long, and the fellowships are a yearlong commitment.

To learn more about Energize Colleges summer internships, click here.

To learn more about Carbon Neutrality and Global Food yearlong fellowships, click here.