The University of California (UC) system, which includes 10 campuses and more than 238,000 students, has announced an expansion of its sustainability goals, including a 100% clean energy commitment by 2025.
UC will aim for a 100% reliance on clean electricity supplies across its campuses and medical centers by 2025, which dovetails with the university’s prior pledge to become operationally carbon neutral by that same year. UC says it has already saved $220 million with its energy efficiency programs and continues to leverage the benefits of its solar farm in Fresno, representing the largest solar purchase of any university in the U.S., UC claims.
“From LED lighting to all-electric fleets, we are proud of the countless energy efficiency and clean energy actions we have taken to tackle climate change,” says David Phillips, UC’s associate vice president of energy and sustainability. “These ambitious new targets, which align with those of our student environmental leaders, will ensure that our electricity comes from clean sources, extending UC leadership in modeling sustainability solutions.”
UC’s new goals include as follows:
“Today, I’m so proud to be a UC student – proud of UC for taking this visionary action and proud of my fellow students for working together to push for a future powered by clean energy,” says Sophie Haddad, chair of student organization CALPIRG. “Our generation will be the ones experiencing the severe impacts of climate change; that’s why thousands of students signed on to our campaign and are supporting the university’s landmark commitment.”
Source: Solar Industry by Betsy Lillian
Date: Sep 12, 2018