In support of UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the University is soliciting ideas from members of the UC community for off-campus projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions or sequester carbon. Under UC’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative, the UC system has committed to reducing its net GHGs from its operations to zero by 2025. Excellent progress has been made to make our buildings more efficient and switch to renewable and clean energy supplies. To help UC bring its emissions all the way down to zero, UC is seeking two types of carbon offset projects:

  1. UC-initiated offset projects: UC seeks to build a portfolio of potential offset projects originating from UC research and educational programs, and is exploring the viability of supporting those projects with payments based on GHG emissions reductions achieved. UC is currently offering awards of up to $70,000 to help bring selected projects closer to implementation. 
  2. Projects already on the carbon offset market: UC is looking for recommendations from faculty, staff, and students for projects currently available on the voluntary offset market that meaningfully reduce emissions and are otherwise sustainable. Recommendations will be reviewed as they are submitted.

UCOP is seeking offset projects that contribute to the UC mission by expanding or applying university research, offering educational opportunities, advancing understanding of climate solutions, providing health and social justice benefits, and directly benefiting the UC community and surrounding communities.

Based on preliminary conversations with faculty researchers throughout the system, there is a high expectation that this offset program will further demonstrate the University of California’s collective power to lead in generating replicable climate change solutions.

Proposals are due by May 31, 2019. For additional information and to submit your ideas, please visit the Request for Ideas website. If you have any questions please reach out the Barbara Haya, project lead.