ACUPCC Reporting System

Implementation Profile for University of California, Los Angeles

Submitted on November 1, 2007; last updated on May 14, 2015

Institution Information

Basic Carnegie Classification RU/VH: Research Universities (very high research activity)
Control Public
Location Los Angeles, CA
Community Setting Large city
USDOE Climate Zone 4
Current President or Chancellor's Name Gene Block
Current President or Chancellor's Title Chancellor
Main Website
Sustainability Website

Implementation Structure

Implementation Liaison's Name Nurit Katz
Implementation Liaison's Title Chief Sustainability Officer
Implementation Liaison's Department Sustainability
Format of Structure Committee
Number of Individuals in Structure 11-20
Stakeholder Groups Represented Faculty, Students, Staff
Description In 2005, a Campus Sustainability Committee was appointed to develop a culture of sustainability at UCLA and advance sustainability initiatives in education, research and operations. The 20+ member committee is comprised of campus executives, staff, faculty, and students, and reports to the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Tangible Actions

1. Establish a policy that all new campus construction will be built to at least the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Silver standard or equivalent.

Yes: UCLA, along with the UCLA system has a policy to meet LEED Silver or higher for all new construction, and to target LEED Gold. Policy details can be found at:

2. Adopt an energy-efficient appliance purchasing policy requiring purchase of ENERGY STAR certified products in all areas for which such ratings exist.

Yes: To continue to meet our commitment to environmentally preferable procurement under the UC Policy on Sustainable Practices, there is an established system-wide mandate to purchase ENERGY-STAR rated products under all product categories, when available. The University will focus its procurement efforts only on products with an ENERGY-STAR rating, consistent with the needs of UCLA researchers. In addition, the UC system of schools is working to move other products, such as laboratory refrigerators/freezers into ENERGY-STAR certification.

3. Establish a policy of offsetting all greenhouse gas emissions generated by air travel paid for by our institution.

No: No information provided.

4. Encourage use of and provide access to public transportation for all faculty, staff, students and visitors at our institution.

Yes: UCLA began a transit subsidy program in September 2000 to encourage the use of alternative transportation as a means to travel to and from campus. Today, the University has an existing pre-tax transit pass program that gains card holders access to Metro, Big Blue Bus, Culver City Bus, and LADOT at a 50 percent discount below retail price. In addition, the clean fuel campus shuttle is operated free-of-charge and provides access to key parts of campus and surrounding community. These programs are available to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the UCLA campus.

5. Within one year of signing this document, begin purchasing or producing at least 15% of our institution's electricity consumption from renewable sources.

No: No information provided.

6. Establish a policy or a committee that supports climate and sustainability shareholder proposals at companies where our institution's endowment is invested.

No: No information provided.

7. Participate in the Waste Minimization component of the national RecycleMania competition, and adopt 3 or more associated measures to reduce waste.

Yes: UCLA, along with the other campuses in the UC system, are working towards a target of Zero Waste by 2020. This means zero waste to landfill, with an interim target of 75% diversion from landfill by 2012. This year we met our 2012 target and released our Zero Waste Plan, which will be a living document that will guide us over the next eight years as we take recycling and waste management to the next level. The full zero waste plan can be found here: