UC Sustainable Practices Policy

Current version, issued August 2013 (pdf)

Highlights of UC policy commitments

  • All new construction and major renovations projects must meet a minimum standard of LEED-NC Silver
  • Renovation projects greater than $5 million that do not quality for LEED-NC must be certified under LEED-CI
  • By 2020 the University has pledged to:
    • Reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels, which represents a reduction of approximately 50% compared to business as usual
    • Achieve zero waste
    • Purchase 20% sustainable food
    • Reduce water consumption by 20%


In June 2004, the President formally issued the Presidential Policy on Green Building Design and Clean Energy Standards. This policy has since been expanded, revised, and renamed as the Sustainable Practices Policy. With guidelines and goals in the areas of Sustainable Transportation, Climate Protection Practices, Sustainable Operations and Maintenance, Waste Reduction and Recycling, Environmentally Preferable Purchasing, Sustainable Foodservice, Clean Energy, and Green Building, UC's Sustainable Practices Policy is one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching institutional sustainability commitments in the nation.

Regental Sustainability Policy Principles

The Board of Regents issued sustainability policy principles (pdf) in July 2003.

Feasibility Study for Green Building and Clean Energy Standard

Responding to student requests, in January 2002 The Regents asked the President to undertake a feasibility study for the adoption of a Green Building Policy (pdf) and Clean Energy Standard (pdf) for all proposed and to-be-renovated buildings.