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The University of California is a signatory of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, a key element of sustainability.  The Commitment obligates signatory campuses to, among other things, “expand research necessary to achieve climate neutrality” and “make climate neutrality and sustainability part of the curriculum and other educational experience of all students.”

Research Highlights


Dozens of faculty members in the sciences, engineering and policy promote excellence in water research, education and outreach. Water UCI serves as a coordinating vehicle to facilitate seamless collaboration across schools, departments, and existing research centers around questions of fundamental and applied water science, technology, management, and policy.

Researchers at the Center for Environmental Biology are tackling many of the pressing environmental concerns that impact oceans at both local and global scales, including the effects of pollution, climate change, marine debris, invasive species, nutrient loading, and biodiversity loss.


The Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine facilitates new technologies into the market through the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UCI Combustion Laboratory, and the Pacific Rim Consortium in Combustion, Energy, and the Environment.


The Center for Environmental Biology links academic research with ecosystem management and stewardship of natural resources, and to educate the next generation of environmental biologists and stewards.


Air UCI is a multidisciplinary environmental research team dedicated to understanding and solving issues related to air pollution, climate change, water quality, and green technology — locally and globally — and their effects on human health and well-being.


The Center for Unconventional Security Affairs serves as the hub of a global network of academics and practitioners that study and develop solutions to human and environmental security challenges. The Center for Research in Sustainability, Collapse-Preparedness, and Information Technology provides a central focus for research on the role of informatics and computing in supporting the transition to sustainability and addressing the potential to prepare for civilization-scale collapse.

Research in the Department of Earth System Science focuses on how the atmosphere, land and oceans interact as a system and how the Earth will change over a human lifetime.

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