UC System-wide Sustainability Initiatives

The UC Irvine Office of Sustainability plays an integral part in the UC system-wide initiatives on carbon neutrality and global food.

UC Carbon Neutrality Initiative

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President Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses 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 Global Food Initiative


President Napolitano and chancellors from all 10 campuses have taken another courageous step towards a more sustainable future by creating the UC Global Food Initiative, a program committed to expanding research and sharing best practices to improve the food system. The Initiative aims to “rally the broad UC community across a wide range of disciplines to work toward putting the world on a path to sustainably and nutritiously feed itself.”


Photos: 2017 Leadership Training for UC Global Food and Climate Student Fellows