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.

In spring of 2020, we launched 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 call it 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