Curbing climate change and driving energy efficiency at UCSB

Carbon Zero

Screen Shot 2017-04-04 at 3.38.46 PMThe University of California (UC) Carbon Neutrality Initiative (CNI) commits all ten UC campuses to reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with onsite combustion and purchased electricity to net-zero by 2025.

At UCSB, past researchers from the Bren School identified specific projects to reach carbon neutrality, and we aimed to inform UCSB how to strategically advance them within the context of current governmental, financial, and communicative challenges on campus. We focused on three specific areas:

Solar:  Identify and prioritize building rooftops on the UCSB campus to streamline solar photovoltaic procurement and installation by conducting a multi-criteria solar assessment

Financial Assessment:  Evaluate the potential to finance energy efficiency projects under current budget allocations at UCSB with the proposed Utility Conservation Revolving Fund through scenario analyses

Strategic Communication & Engagement:  Assess on-campus stakeholder challenges and feasible solutions for strategic communication and engagement to support CNI decision-making.

We aimed to provide an in-depth analysis of three specific, prioritized issues within the CNI and high-level recommendations for embedding sustainability-thinking into UCSB governance.