Climate Change

CCAR 200


Promote and encourage carbon neutrality in the campus built and leased environment and transportation programs.

UC Policy

  • By 2014, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 2000 levels.
  • By 2020, reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels.
  • Develop an action plan for becoming climate neutral as soon as possible.

Recent Accomplishments

  • Became a member of the California Climate Action Registry (CACR).
  • In FY 2007-2008, saved $1.2 million in energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 5,000 tons (FY 2009-2010 numbers not yet available).
  • Completed a greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory for calendar year 2009 to identify where our GHG emissions are originating. We are currently having our 2009 emissions data verified by an independent third party for CCAR reporting.
  • Began a preliminary Climate Action Plan (CAP) that lays out potential opportunities for reducing the campus’ carbon footprint.
  • Signed the American College and University President’s Climate Commitment, a broad effort by the nation’s higher education institutions to address global warming by tracking, reporting and reducing their greenhouse gas emissions.

Where We Are Today

  • The vast majority of our GHG emissions come from energy consumption: natural gas use (55%) electricity use on campus (15%) and electricity use in leased spaces (2%).  The other major contributor is travel: commuter travel (14%) and airline travel (8%).  Emission numbers for FY 2009-2010 are currently being verified and were not available for inclusion in this report.
  • To meet the UCOP 2014 goal, UCSF will focus on the reduction measures outlined in the CAP, as well as implement additional recommendations found in the SEP.

FY 2010-2011 Goals

  • Contract with GHG software solution to track, monitor, model and report all emission sources.
  • Complete the development of a Sustainability Action Plan with specific recommendations for achieving the UC Regent’s emission goals for 2014, 2020 and 2030.
  • Begin to implement the projects outlined in the Strategic Energy Plan (SEP).


  • Track emissions sources from energy, water, waste, travel and operations in metric tonnes per year
  • Track compliance with UC Regents, regulatory and reporting agency goals


  • Because UCSF is a rapidly growing institution, including plans to build a new medical center at Mission Bay, the CAP predicts that meeting the 2020 goal, which will require cutting emissions by almost 50 percent to reach 1990 levels, “will not be a simple task”.