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In 2013, University of California President Janet Napolitano announced the Carbon Neutrality Initiative, which commits UC to emitting net zero greenhouse gases from its buildings and vehicle fleet by 2025, something no other major university system has done.

The initiative builds on UC's pioneering work on climate research and furthers its leadership on sustainable business practices. UC is improving its energy efficiency, developing new sources of renewable energy and enacting a range of related strategies to cut carbon emissions.

At the same time, the State of California has embarked on an ambitious new effort to limit climate change, setting the toughest carbon emissions goal adopted by any North American government.

UC serves as a living laboratory for the State, and the Summit on Pathways to Carbon and Climate Neutrality: California and The World, chaired by UC San Diego Distinguished Professor Veerabhadran Ramanathan, will focus on scalable solutions for achieving significant greenhouse gas reductions for our state and the world.