UC Santa Barbara

UC Santa Barbara is committed to carbon neutrality in campus operations by 2025.

Below is a visual representation of UC Santa Barbara’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction trajectory and a summary of the projects and initiatives that frame the University’s current approach to the achievement of carbon neutrality within this timeframe. Investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy continue to be the campus’s most effective emission reduction measures.

Note: This is a work in progress and is subject to change as the campus refines its strategies for achieving carbon neutrality. The graph above should not be considered an official implementation commitment.

Since the UC Santa Barbara campus performed its first GHG emissions inventory in 2007, the campus has reduced its climate impact dramatically. By 2014, UC Santa Barbara had already met the goal of reducing GHG emissions below 1990 levels by 2020. In 2017, campus GHG emissions were 19% below 1990 levels despite an almost doubling in campus building space. UCSB also has 6.2 megawatts of on-site solar energy, which provides approximately 15% of UCSB’s electrical demand and up to 35% on clear Spring and Summer days days. For more information on UC Santa Barbara's energy performance, please visit energy.ucsb.edu.

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