The California University system ranks first among the green energy partnerships for higher education institutions by 2020.
The Green Energy Partnership, established in 2001 by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, encourages colleges and universities to switch from conventional electricity to green energy. This includes solar, wind, geothermal, biogas and low-impact hydroelectric sources. Since April 2019, the UCC has been ranked first in the EPA for higher education institutions.
According to a press release issued by the USC, the USC uses about 481 million kilowatt-hours of green energy annually. Green energy accounts for 46% of all U.S. energy purchases, the press release said.
Arizona State ranks third with 292,135,945 kWh and Columbia University with 232,109,000 kWh, according to EPA.
UCLA’s Chief Sustainability Officer, Nurut Katz He said the launch of the UCC Carbon neutrality initiative in 2013 will help drive carbon neutrality further into the goal of 2025.
“As a public university, I really think (environmental sustainability) is part of our mission,” Katz said. We have a responsibility to do research and teach to solve some of the most challenging problems in the world, and the climate crisis is part of that.
UCCC has implemented a series of policies since 2004 to achieve this sustainable goal, UCOP State spokesman Hollock said in an email.
He said the USC Registration Board implemented a clean energy and green building policy in 2003 to establish permanent offices on US campuses. In addition, these policies require an annual report on the process of creating more sustainable campuses.
In addition to clean energy and green building policy, the USC In 2004, he introduced the Sustainable Practices Policy and Carbon neutralization initiated in 2013, and In 2014, he established the International Climate Council. From sustainable construction, energy efficiency, and sustainable transportation to green energy as much as possible, in line with sustainable practices policy.
A.D. In 2013, as part of the CNI, UCC became the first higher education institution to achieve its goal of carbon neutrality by 2025. By making their construction and infrastructure systems more sustainable by 2% per year.
All U.S. campuses and facilities have met this goal for the past 10 years, and according to the U.S. Sustainability Information Report.
“UCC energy companies are actually completely carbon-neutral or basically 100% renewable. So that’s about a third of the ACC’s electricity, ”said Katz. And then the rest of us are all going to use 100% renewable energy by 2025.
Yifang Zoo, a professor of environmental health sciences, explained that there are many opportunities for UCLA to become more sustainable, such as switching to green energy in collaboration with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Energy and making learning materials available online when reducing paper waste. .
Kylie Masuda, former president of UCEA Renewable Energy and a fourth-year chemical engineering student, said REA aims to create a more sustainable campus with other student-led organizations. He added that REA provides opportunities for students to participate in educational enrichment programs that focus on environmental initiatives, green energy, and student-centered technical projects.
A.D. Students, professors and teachers must all do their part to make the UCLA campus more sustainable in order to achieve the goal of carbon neutrality by 2025 and continue to be more sustainable, Masuda said.
“Professors can join this fee by supporting these student organizations and promoting environmental research in general. Administrators can work to develop a policy that will contribute to our position as a national leader in the long run,” Masuda said.
Zoo said resolving the climate crisis and creating a green campus requires not only the work of professors and administrators but also the efforts of UCLA students.
“I really think students have the power to drive with so much, so much motivation,” Zhu said. I think it will happen if students ask the campus for more sustainable and more green energy (carbon neutrality by 2025).
Higher education institutions also need to consider implementing a more sustainable curriculum for primary education, Ju said. She and other UCLA professors have advocated for all students to increase sustainability and green energy-related courses.
The EPA rating is a testament to the EU’s commitment to environmental sustainability for the past 17 years, Masuda said, adding that students, teachers and administrators should all contribute to maintaining this standard and achieving its carbon neutrality goal by 2025.