BREAKING NEWS: In Spring Quarter UCD staff is continuing work on a fossil-free plan to be delivered to the Chancellor, as we requested, by the end of the year. Public workshops will be held in April; stay tuned for more info. In other news, this March Stanford University opened a 63-megawatt solar power plant and 200-megawatt hour battery storage system, making the university plus-energy. More info is here. Yes, Stanford is a wealthy private university, but UC can do this too!
The actions we choose or choose not to take in the next 10 years will determine the fate of the planet for the next thousand.David Attenborough, 10/17/21
I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.Greta Thunberg, 1/24/19
The University of California at Davis is a global sustainability leader in many ways. It is a leading global university on environmental topics, has the largest photovoltaic array of any U.S. school, is building a new residential district which generates 80% of its own energy, and is in the most bike-friendly city in America.
However, UCD continues to emit more than 150,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year. Both Davis and Sacramento campuses burn large amounts of natural gas, much of it derived from fracked sources, for heating and cooling. Despite a 2010 Climate Action plan and steps to buy greener electricity from off-campus, on-campus GHG emissions have remained steady for a decade.
We envision our university being a global climate leader by ending its use of fossil fuels. But this will take leadership from top UCD administrators. Please sign the Fossil-Free UCD petition available through this website, write or email campus officials, and spread the word among everyone you know.
- Commit to ending fossil fuel use on UCD campuses by 2030
- By the end of 2022 develop an electrification plan for the two campuses, establish a timeline for actions, and adopt specific policies to implement the transition