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University of California wins prestigious climate leadership award

Originally posted by the University of California Office of the President

UC is among the 10 academic institutions chosen to receive prestigious Climate Leadership Awards. The third annual awards are being presented to ACUPCC signatory schools that demonstrate unparalleled campus innovation and climate leadership that helps transition society to a clean, just and sustainable future.

UC campuses, labs and medical facilities are among the greenest of any university in the country, driven by a groundbreaking Policy on Sustainable Practices that was implemented in 2004. Among the policy's achievements:

  • Goals by 2020 (which UC is on track to meet) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent, to make 20 percent of its food purchases sustainable and to send zero waste to landfills.
  • 93 U.S. Green Building Council LEED-certified facilities, the most of any university in the country.
  • Investments in energy efficiency and conservation that have cut costs by $32 million annually.

"UC is committed to being a sustainability leader and will continue to seek innovative solutions for reducing energy use and cutting greenhouse gas emissions on our campuses," said Nathan Brostrom, UC's executive vice president for business operations. "The Climate Leadership Award is a testament to the hard work of our students, staff and faculty, who are making UC the greenest university in the country."