Energy efficiency overlaps with all aspects of sustainability, whether it is transportation, green building, or purchasing. Based on data from the UC partnership for Performance, UCSC has been one of the most energy efficient UC campuses per maintained gross square foot since 1995. In 2008, UCSC contributed to the lowest Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions per Gross Square Foot (GSF) of any UC. Powered by the off-site electricity, natural gas, and an on-campus cogeneration plant (which provides approximately ⅓ of all campus electrical power), UCSc has made considerable commitments to reduce it’s impact and move toward carbon neutrality. WIth the effects of climate change causing increasing concern, renewables and energy efficiency is a long-term goal our campus must continue to strive towards.
Vision: Improve efficient practices for energy saving techniques and begin behavior change
VIsion: New Energy Saving technology
Vision: Research into green energy
Resources and Next Steps
UCSC Climate Action Plan: http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/governance/plans-reports/climate-action-plan.html
UCSC Climate Action Team: http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/about/student-staff/climate-action/index.html
City of Santa Cruz Climate Action Compact: http://www.cityofsantacruz.com/index.aspx?page=1231
UCSC Carbon Fund: http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/get-involved/funding/carbon-fund/index.html
Physical Plant Energy Management: http://ucscplant.ucsc.edu/ucscplant/Utility_Distribution/index.jsp
Impact Designs: Engineering and Sustainability through Student Service (IDEASS): http://sustainability.ucsc.edu/get-involved/jobs-internships/ideass/index.html
UCSC PowerSave Green Campus Program: http://ucscpowersave.com/
UCSC Fossil Free UC: http://www.fossilfreeuc.org/
Path to a Greener Stevenson
Through energy efficiency projects, expanded renewable energy use, and changing behaviors in the campus community, UCSC achieved 2000 GHG levels in 2012.
UC wide Fossil Free Campaign uses student voice to advocate and demand that the UC's immediately freeze any new investment in fossil-fuel companies, and to divest within five years from direct ownership and from any commingled funds that include fossil-fuel public equities and corporate bonds.
Campus Sustainability Plan
Collaborate with internal and external stakeholders to reduce the campus carbon footprint through education and behavior change programs.
Reduce GHG emissions and overall energy consumption through energy efficiency, cleaner energy supply, and technology.
Build staff and fiscal capacity to effectively implement energy initiatives.