The Carbon Neutrality Initiative is a UC-wide initiative to be carbon neutral by 2025.

Take Action: Be Carbon Neutral

  • Prior to moving into the residence halls, coordinate with roommates on what to bring so energy-consuming items such as refrigerators, microwaves, TV's, etc., can be shared
  • Leave the printer at home and use the computer centers for your printing needs
  • Bring Energy Star Rated electronics/appliances that consume less energy
  • Save energy by using power management features on your computer
  • Turn off and unplug your electronics when not in use
  • Use natural light and switch off lights when you leave a room
  • Use task lighting instead of overhead lighting
  • Open a window if the temperature outside is more desirable then the temperature inside and turn off the heating/air conditioning at the same time
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator whenever possible
  • Wash laundry in cold water and do full loads only
  • Using a drying rack or clothes line instead of a dryer whenever possible
  • Participate in the Energy and Water Challenge
  • Submit your tips by emailing

Student Housing and Dining Services Best Practices

In the Residence Halls

  • Energy saving CFL bulb in all task lights
  • Smart thermostats that reduce energy use when the room is unoccupied
  • Thermostat controls to allow user control in an efficient range
  • Operable windows in the rooms for resident comfort
  • Natural lighting in common areas in the newer buildings
  • Energy-efficient lighting to include daylighting and occupancy sensors in common areas
  • Energy Star rated appliances in the community kitchens
  • Energy Star rated washing machines
  • Solar photovoltaic panels that provide energy to the campus grid on four Student Housing and Dining Services buildings
  • Solar thermal systems that use solar energy to heat water on two Student Housing and Dining Services buildings
  • White roofs to reduce heating and cooling loads
  • New building projects are designed to outperform CBC energy-efficiency by at least 30 percent

In the Dinning Commons

  • Energy-efficient lighting
  • Energy-efficient heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Energy-efficient kitchen appliances
  • Occupancy sensors installed in low-occupancy areas
  • Energy management software to control lighting and HVAC systems

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