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Climate leadership

UC is taking urgent action to help the world move away from fossil fuels and address the catastrophic impacts of a warming planet.

How UC is making cities more liveable during heat waves

Learn how UC is addressing “the greatest environmental and equity challenge facing California today" from V. Kelly Turner, director of Urban Environment Research at UCLA’s Luskin Center for Innovation and assistant professor at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs.

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How we can recycle CO2 to make eco-friendly concrete
That’s more than 1.5 billion metric tons of carbon a year — a big number. UCLA researchers saw the opportunity to do something about it.
The science of cool: How UC research is helping cities cope with heat waves
Cities can be considerably hotter than surrounding rural regions. New materials and technologies can cool things down.
Climate change makes catastrophic flood twice as likely, study shows
Increased runoff could lead to devastating landslides and debris flows — particularly in hilly areas burned by wildfires.
In 10 years, CRISPR transformed medicine. Can it now help us deal with climate change?
Edited crops could thrive in our changing climate, boosting crop yields and helping draw down excess carbon in the atmosphere.
UC’s sustainability policy covers all 10 campuses and five medical centers.

Learn more about sustainability at UC

The Carbon Neutrality Initiative commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done.

Learn more about the Carbon Neutrality Initiative