Muir Institute and Office of Sustainability Team Up to Drive UC Mitigation Projects

03.21.19

Funding Opportunities for Climate Mitigation Projects

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.

At UC Davis, The John Muir Institute of the Environment and the Office of Sustainability will co-host a workshop on Friday, April 26, 10:00-12:00 at Putah Creek Lodge to describe campus climate action to-date, and discuss the Request For Ideas (RFI).

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, we are seeking two types of 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. Proposals are due by May 31, 2019.

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.

We are particularly seeking offset projects that contribute to UC’s 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, we have high expectations that this offset program will further demonstrate the University of California’s collective power to lead in generating replicable climate change solutions.

For additional information, and to submit your ideas please refer to the opportunity summary and project website (offsets.uc-ciee.org/).

The site includes key contacts across the UC system to help answer any questions you may have. The website will also be used to announce a series of campus workshops planned to help connect interested parties and support your participation in this request for ideas.

Please contact Barbara Haya and/or Camille Kirk if you have any questions.