CLTC hosted the University of California Global Climate Leadership Council meeting on February 25.
UC President Janet Napolitano formed the council to advise UC campuses on achieving the ambitious goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 while providing guidance for furthering other longstanding sustainability goals. The council will offer direction on integrating the carbon neutrality initiative into UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.
CLTC Director Michael Siminovitch and undergraduate student Elaine Swiedler represents UC Davis on the council.
The council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC. They will engage the greater university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technologies to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.
The council has approved 20 research and outreach projects as part of an effort to become the first major university in the country to achieve carbon neutrality. One project designed to accelerate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions across UC is a deep energy efficiency initiative that will develop new ways for utilizing new technology across the system such as the research from CLTC.