Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 78.50
Liaison Kira Stoll
Submission Date Aug. 16, 2018
Executive Letter Download

STARS v2.1

University of California, Berkeley
IN-27: Innovation D

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 1.00 Jack Chang
STARS Assessment Fellow (ERG)
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Name or title of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome:
TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project

A brief description of the innovative policy, practice, program, or outcome that outlines how credit criteria are met and any positive measurable outcomes associated with the innovation:

The TomKat UC Carbon Neutrality Project supports innovative multi-disciplinary research projects that will substantially accelerate progress of the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative. This project aims to address topics such as technology assessments (e.g, energy storage, pathways to transition off natural gas, integration of renewable energy), energy efficiency (both technological and financial issues), communications strategies (including field trials), economic incentives and behavior modification that have high potential for advancing the UC’s system-wide goal to achieve zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2025.

This project, funded by the TomKat Charitable Trust, is a collaboration of the Institute for Energy Efficiency and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, at UC Santa Barbara the ten UC campuses and affiliated national laboratories. The research teams included faculty, staff, students and affiliated experts.

Sponsored projects have examined zeroing out the use of natural gas in UC buildings, best practices for communicating sustainability to the campus and developing a new generation of energy efficient lighting in campus buildings. Reports and recommendations are available.

Which of the following impact areas does the innovation most closely relate to? (select up to three):
Air & Climate

A letter of affirmation from an individual with relevant expertise or a press release or publication featuring the innovation :

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

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