Most notably, the campus achieved carbon neutrality 7 years ahead of the UC system’s 2025 goal. The portfolio of solutions for this achievement includes a campus solar array system that mitigates carbon emissions, an additional on-site solar installation and reductions in the carbon intensity associated with green power purchases. The portfolio also includes the purchase of offsets. (Because this data was independently verified late in 2020, UC Merced’s climate data does not reflect this achievement.)
UC Merced has a total of 24 LEED certified buildings under New Construction and Existing Building Operation & Maintenance. The last certification was the Sustainability Research and Engineering (SRE) building, which earned a Platinum rating in new construction. This is one of 13 buildings from the the Merced 2020 project project that will achieve a Platinum rating.
To combat food insecurity and reduce food waste, UC Merced has implemented the successful No Food Left Behind (NFLB) program. NFLB is a text messaging service open to all UC students, staff and faculty to ensure catered food left over from events is not wasted and instead feeds the UC Merced community. Members of the campus community who opt into the texting service receive a text usually 24 hours before an NFLB event. The leftover food either must be stored properly or consumed immediately, and participants have only 15 minutes after the scheduled event to collect leftovers.
For the last three years, a UC Merced staff member has worked with the regional food bank to rescue food from the local farmers market each week to get items to those in need. When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, the farmers market was forced to move locations and UC Merced’s partnership with the food […]
Through the Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program, student staff, career staff and volunteers pick up surplus food and take it to those in need at various shelters, pantries, migrant camps and other sites. A great deal of this food went to the D St. Shelter, a 24-hour homeless shelter. In early summer, […]
CLIMATE PROTECTION – EMISSIONS
ENERGY – RENEWABLE ELECTRICITY GENERATION
ENERGY USE INTENSITY (EUI)
UC Merced continued to make strides in its efforts to use alternative transportation methods and support the use of electric vehicles in 2020.
of UCM employees are utilizing alternative commuting methods
EV charging stations at this location for 2019-2020
ZERO WASTE – GENERATED
ZERO WASTE – DIVERTED
total spend on food and beverages
percentage of food and beverage purchases that met sustainability criteria in fiscal year 2019-20
UC Merced continues to set ambitious goals, with a goal for 2030 of 25% spend on sustainable food and beverages.
green spend on indoor office furniture
on cleaning supplies
green spend on electronics
UC Merced’s goals for procurement include 25% green spend on electronics and indoor office furniture, and 75% green spend on cleaning supplies.
UC Merced received 2 Platinum LEED certifications in 2020.
12 Platinum, 10 Gold and 2 SilverTotal number of LEED certifications
Sustainable Building & Laboratory Operations
total assessed research labs
UC Merced has met the goal of assessing three labs.