Moving our campus to a cleaner future

What is the Big Shift?

The Regents of the University of California set a goal for all the UC's to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2025. UC Davis has a plan to get there and it involves a series of shifts:

  • Shifting our investments to dramatically decrease our reliance on fossil fuels
  • Shifting our energy supplies to those with renewable resources
  • Shifting our commitment, as a campus community, to reinforcing these changes with our own behavior

Innovations we implemented as a campus have garnered us the title of our nation’s number one most sustainable university and we've got plans to do more.

Starting the spring of 2020, and continuing for the next two years, we are launching a large-scale construction project that literally lays the groundwork for ultimately reducing our reliance on fossil fuels, while immediately decreasing our energy and water use — we are calling this the Big Shift. 

It's going to get messy, but it's worth it.

Here's what's happening

Image of current, natural-gas-powered boiler at UC Davis' Central Heating and Cooling Plant.
Big Shift Overview