Progress Report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Submitted on Jan. 15, 2014; Last updated on Jan. 15, 2014
The Progress Report is intended to help signatories assess and track progress toward the goals outlined
in their Climate Action Plans and to share that progress with their stakeholders and the general public.
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In March 2007, University of California (UC) President Robert C. Dynes signed the American College and Universities Presidents Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) on behalf of all UC Chancellors. ACUPCC membership requires development of a Climate Action Plan to establish strategic Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction measures as well as to set a target date for climate neutrality.
The UC Policy on Sustainable Practices sets system-wide policy guidelines and implementation procedures for environmental impact minimization and operational sustainability, including the following provisions regarding Climate Protection Practices:
• With an overall goal of reducing GHG emissions while maintaining enrollment accessibility for every eligible student, enhancing research, promoting community service and operating campus facilities more efficiently, the University will develop a long term strategy for voluntarily meeting the State of California’s goal, pursuant to California Assembly Bill 32 (AB32), The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 that is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.
• The University will pursue the goal of reducing GHG emissions to 2000 levels by 2014.
• The University will pursue the goal of becoming carbon‐neutrality in its operations by 2025.
• The University will develop an action plan for becoming climate neutral which will include: a feasibility study for meeting the 2014 and 2020 goals (and) a target date for achieving climate neutrality as soon as possible while maintaining the University’s overall mission. Climate neutrality means that the University will have a net zero impact on the Earth’s climate, and it will be achieved by minimizing GHG emissions as much as possible and by using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate the remaining GHG emissions.
In accordance with these initiatives, the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) created a Climate Action Plan (CAP), approved by the Chancellor’s Sustainability Advisory Committee in August 2009. The 2009 CAP was drafted with the best available data and methodology. It was intended to establish an institutional framework for the inventorying, annual tracking, and strategic reduction of GHG emissions, to be updated on a biennial basis. The 2012 CAP included revised GHG emissions baselines and reduction goals, as well as updated GHG emissions inventory results through calendar year 2010. Additionally it also included GHG emissions from commuting and University-funded air travel. This 2014 CAP supersedes the 2012 document.
GHG emissions resulting from activities under UCSB’s operational control were inventoried and reported annually to the California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) for years 2004 through 2009. In 2010, UCSB began reporting to The Climate Registry (TCR), which has replaced CCAR. The 2014 CAP includes GHG emissions inventory results through calendar year 2012 and mitigation strategies as well as revised emissions forecasts. The total 2011 GHG emissions were 90,959metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MT CO2e) and total 2012 GHG emissions were 91,596 MT CO2e.
The 2014 CAP details the following GHG emissions reduction targets:
• 2014: 2000 Emissions Level – 99,699 MT CO2e
• 2020: 1990 Emissions Level – 90, 736 MT CO2e
• 2025: Carbon Neutrality
These reduction targets are estimates based on the methodology used to inventory 2012 emissions. Where data was not available for 2000 and 1990, emissions have been scaled for campus population. UCSB’s ability to achieve its stated GHG emissions reduction targets depends on the growth of the Campus, the level of available state/utility sponsored energy efficiency programs, the build-out of renewable energy generation capacity on campus, and reductions in carbon intensity of transportation fuels and purchased electricity consumed by the campus and its population.
UCSB has achieved the 2014 reduction target two years early and is projected to come within a close range of the 2020 emissions reduction target, primarily through energy efficiency projects funded through the continuation of the Strategic Energy Partnership, reducing business air travel by 5% through encouraging remote conferencing, and reducing commuter emissions by moving student’s faculty and staff on campus. After forecasting for planned reduction measures in energy conservation, on-site renewable energy production, energy efficiency projects and commuter and air travel reductions, UCSB’s 2020 projected emission level are slightly over 1990 levels.
|Climate Neutrality Target Date:||2025|
|Interim Milestone Emission-Reduction Target||Target Date||Baseline*|
|1% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2014||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|2% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2, 3 Emissions||by 2020||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2 Emissions||by 2025||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2 Emissions||by 2030||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2 Emissions||by 2040||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|100% reduction in Total Scopes 1, 2 Emissions||by 2050||relative to baseline emissions in 2010|
|Reporting Year||Gross Emissions||Net Emissions||Full Time Enrollments||Total Bldg. Sq. Ft.||[action]|
|2008||58671.0||58671.0||21410.0||7288252.0||[ view ]|
|2009||84312.0||83980.0||21868.0||7373662.0||[ view ]|
|2010||89220.78||86955.78||22850.0||7584004.0||[ view ]|
|2011||90919.02021||87696.71021||22551.0||8292664.0||[ view ]|
|2012||91703.78||89861.78||21927.0||8335240.0||[ view ]|
|2013||91779.0||91617.51||21932.0||8319366.0||[ view ]|
Change in GHG gross emissions
Change in GHG emissions per 1000 sq.ft. building space
Change in GHG emissions per full time enrollment (FTE)
How is your institution making climate neutrality and sustainability a part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students?The UCSB Climate Action Plan has a section focusing on curriculum and research with short-term, mid-term, and long-term goals.
20.7% of academic departments at UCSB offer at least one course related to climate change (12 departments, 28 courses). All of these courses are listed on the UCSB Sustainability Website.
UCSB also regularly offers public lectures and educational events regarding climate change.
Education methods in use
- Offered professional development to all faculty in sustainability education.
- Other - 21 of the majors at UCSB (out of 152) have learning outcomes specific to sustainability.We also have a grant program which helps support faculty to infuse sustainability into their courses, the new leaf grant program.
Does your institution offer an undergraduate degree program(s) related to climate change/sustainability?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Does your institution offer a graduate degree program in climate change/sustainability?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Does your institution have a central sustainability website that consolidates information about the institution's sustainability efforts?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Does your institution include sustainability prominently in new student orientation?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
If applicable, how is your institution expanding research efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality research?10 Departments at UCSB host at least one researcher working on climate change. There are 44 faculty and professional research staff working on climate change. The UCSB Sustainability website has a list of researchers whose research has implications in climate change.
Does your institution have a program to encourage student climate and or sustainability research?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Does your institution have a program to encourage faculty climate and or sustainability research?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
How is your institution expanding community outreach efforts toward the achievement of climate neutrality?We helped to start and continue to participate in a multi-jurisdictional renewable energy taskforce with several local government agencies, non-profit organizations and business leaders.
Does your institution participate in community climate change and or sustainability partnerships?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Has your institution advocated for federal, state, and/or local public policies that support campus sustainability or that otherwise advance your goal of climate neutrality?see STARs report for University of California, Santa Barbara
Energy Efficiency Projects
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects planned, but not yet implemented:31
Number of Energy Efficiency Retrofit Projects completed since signing the ACUPCC:68
Number of buildings that have received a green building certification since signing the ACUPCC:42
Number of green buildings planned or scheduled for completion in the next 2 years:43
For all buildings, the green building certification/rating used is:USGBC:LEED
Annual output (in kWhs) for each renewable energy system utilized by University of California, Santa Barbara
- Solar output: 438772 kWh
- Annual renewable energy purchased: 438772 kWh
Has your Climate Action Plan and/or related sustainability efforts saved your institution money so far, e.g. by reducing operational expenses?yes