Path to a Zero-Carbon Campus
At the University of California, each UC campus has a goal to achieve climate neutrality from building and fleet energy use by 2025 and to be Carbon Neutral from all sources by 2050 or sooner. UC Berkeley has an interim target to strive for carbon-free energy use by 2035
. Achieving climate neutrality means that the campus will have net zero climate impacts from greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions attributed to direct emission sources (scope 1) and indirect emission sources (scope 2), as defined by The Climate Registry, and specific (scope 3) emissions, as defined by Second Nature’s Carbon Commitment. This will be achieved by minimizing GHG emissions from these sources as much as possible and using carbon offsets or other measures to mitigate the remaining GHG emissions.
The Haas School of Business is working with the UC Berkeley campus Energy and Sustainability office to develop a strategy to meet these ambitious climate goals for our campus operations. As a start, Berkeley’s newest building, Haas’s Chou Hall, is one of the greenest academic facilities in the country.
Zero waste is widely defined as diverting over 90% of waste from the landfill, which takes collaborative effort by all building users. The zero waste movement at Haas goes far beyond our diversion rate. We are constantly reimagining, redesigning, and redefining the way sustainability is integrated into our buildings and lifestyles at Haas, on the wider Berkeley campus, and beyond.
We are committed to leading the way in zero waste infrastructure, as can be seen at Chou Hall, the first TRUE Zero Waste Certified academic building in the world. Now, Cheit Hall is the second zero waste building on the UC Berkeley campus.