UC faculty members are leading the shift to sustainability and climate neutrality.

UC President Janet Napolitano draws upon faculty expertise from across the ten campus system through the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group and the Applied Research Working Group of the UC Global Climate Leadership Council.

The Applied Research Work Group is co-chaired by Sandra Brown, the vice chancellor of research of UCSD, David Auston, Associate Director of the Center for Energy Efficient Materials at UC Santa Barbara.

The Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group is co-chaired by Tom Peterson, provost and executive vice chancellor at UC Merced, and Abby Reyes, director of the Sustainability Initiative at UC Irvine. Find out more about the Faculty Engagement and Education Working Group.


The Global Climate Leadership Council was formed in 2014 to advise UC on achieving the ambitious goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2025 (pdf) while also providing guidance for furthering its other longstanding sustainability goals. The council also  provides guidance on integrating the carbon neutrality initiative and other sustainability goals into UC’s teaching, research and public service mission.

The council is comprised of scientists, administrators, students and experts from inside and outside UC and will engage the entire university community in its effort to seek out the best practices, policies and technology to achieve carbon neutrality and to advance teaching and research in climate change and sustainability.

The council is organized around key areas of contribution toward the initiative’s success:

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