California Climate Action Registry Declares UC Merced a Climate Action Leader

MERCED - The California Climate Action Registry (CCAR) has pronounced the University of California, Merced, a Climate Action Leader. The newest campus in the UC system completed the voluntary reporting and verification process for 2006 and recently received notice of its acceptance.

"The acceptance of our first emissions report is an important component of our ongoing commitment to sustainability," said campus energy manager John Elliott. "Anyone can log onto the CCAR site and see what we're doing, so it creates public accountability as well as a record of our efforts for our own use and benefit."

The first emissions report from UC Merced can be found online at Users should select "University of California, Merced" in the Entity Name drop-down menu and then click the blue "View Report" button on the right.

UC Merced is able to report unusually low emissions because of a campuswide commitment to green building and operations. Campus buildings must be certified LEED Silver through the green building certification program sponsored the U.S. Green Building Council. Going beyond the LEED requirements, UC Merced is shooting for its buildings to use only half the energy of comparable buildings in California.

CCAR has also accepted 2006 reports from five other UC campuses - Berkeley, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara, and Santa Cruz.

The California Climate Action Registry was established by California statue as a non-profit voluntary registry for greenhouse gas emissions. A first report such as the one UC Merced has completed can be used as a baseline against which future emission-reduction requirements or goals may be applied.

"As we add more buildings, we plan to continue pushing commitment to sustainable practices, looking toward a long-term goal of climate neutrality," Elliott said.

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