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Climate Change and Energy

UC Merced is committed to generating knowledge that leads to new and improved renewable and sustainable energy technologies that minimize climate change impacts. We are setting the standard for institutional operations that promote energy efficiency and sustainable energy futures while educating the next generation of sustainable scholars and practitioners.

UC Merced’s objectives are:

  • Maximize energy efficiency in building design and operations – with an initial goal to consume half the energy and demand of other university buildings in California and exceed Title 24 requirements by 30 percent in all buildings.
  • Zero net energy by 2020: Achieve campus zero net energy use through renewable energy generation by 2020.
  • Climate neutrality by 2020: Achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, prioritizing on-site and regional offsets.

Carbon Neutrality Initiative

The UC president’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative Student Fellowship Program funds student-generated projects that support the UC system’s goal to produce zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. All 10 UC campuses plus the UC Office of the President, UC Agriculture and Natural Resources and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are participating in the program.