The University of California and state legislation set a target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. UCLA's comprehensive Climate Action Plan lays out a plan for the university to achieve that goal ahead of schedule. The plan catalogues the steps the university has taken in the past and contains a detailed financial feasibility analysis for the initiatives that the university will undertake in energy and transportation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The initiatives outlined in the Climate Action Plan, in addition to addressing a critical environmental issue, will also conserve university resources and result in significant cost reductions. The energy initiatives have an average payback period of less than 5 years, with some lighting initiatives paying back through cost savings in less than a year. By demonstrating that it is possible to address climate change through concrete verifiable emissions reductions even in the toughest budget situation, UCLA is setting an example for the rest of California and the nation.
The plan also catalogues academic and research initiatives at UCLA focused on climate change and sustainability. UCLA is a living laboratory for climate and sustainability research. Undergraduate and graduate students engage with staff and faculty to pilot new technologies and policies on the university campus. With over 25 research centers focused on climate and sustainability, UCLA is creating the technology and training the leaders of tomorrow, while leading by example in our own operations.
Published: Monday, December 22, 2008