At the University of California, Santa Barbara our goals is to approach environmental issues head on and innovate solutions to improve the environment. We use the campus as a living lab and everyone has a role to play in making the campus sustainable. We foster a culture of sustainability through supporting campus-wide efforts, coordinating program development, and publicizing sustainability work by students, staff, and faculty.

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Climate Action

By 2014, UC Santa Barbara had already met the goal of reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions below 1990 levels by 2020. In 2019, campus GHG emissions were ~20% below 1990 levels despite an almost doubling in campus building space.

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Annual Sustainability Report

The Sustainability Report includes a list of campus sustainability accomplishments and future goals. The report also provides a summary of campus awards, collaborations, and initiatives within sustainability over the last academic year. 


Purchasing Safe Furniture

Did you know that furniture can be a major source of toxic chemicals? To address this problem, UC Santa Barbara recently signed a pledge through the Center for Environmental Health to commit to purchasing safer furniture products to protect the health of the community and the global environment. 


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