campus joins state climate registry
UC Berkeley announced in November that it had joined the California Climate Action Registry, pledging to measure, report, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a means of mitigating climate change.
The campus joined more than 75 major companies, cities, and government and non-governmental agencies that have committed to tracking and making public their greenhouse gas emissions through the registry. Three other UC campuses—San Diego, Santa Barbara and Davis—also joined last year.
The registry was created by the California legislature in 2000 to help companies and organizations throughout the United States track, publicly report and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It has been widely recognized as a gold standard for public reporting of greenhouse gases.
Earlier last year, the campus launched the Cal Climate Action Partnership (CalCAP) to develop and implement a long-term strategy to significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the campus. With the commitment to identify greenhouse gas reduction possibilities, Cal will create an interdisciplinary and innovative model for climate change mitigation that other universities and organizations can adopt.
Membership in the climate registry also prepares UC Berkeley for emissions regulations that could be mandated by the state. California Assembly Bill 32 became the first law to comprehensively limit greenhouse gas emissions at the state level and recognizes organizations like UC Berkeley that take early action in reporting their greenhouse gas emissions with the registry. It further calls for registry members to “receive appropriate credit for early voluntary reductions” in their greenhouse gas emissions.