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Sustainability

November 22, 2021

A 10 kW array on location at UC Merced. This is one of the two innovative technologies in the Department of Energy's desalination contest.
When people hear the word “solar,” many think of solar panels on a house, which generate electricity. But there is another way to use energy harnessed by the sun: heat. Founding faculty member and Director of the University of California Advanced Solar Technologies Institute (UC...
Researchers stand near a large solar collection panel.
Three big UC Solar projects are poised to be the next big breakthroughs in low-cost, accessible sustainable commercial and residential energy in California and far beyond. Researchers are building working models of one project developed through a...
The Cool Campus Challenge called for UC campuses to spend the month of April pledging to reduce their carbon footprints, and UC Merced didn’t disappoint. The university finished fourth overall in the competition, but was one of three campuses...
UC Merced will compete in a UC systemwide competition called the Cool Campus Challenge.
As the only institution in the country with all LEED certified buildings, being sustainable is ingrained in UC Merced’s DNA. Now, a new competition is challenging the university to strive for carbon neutrality through a UC system-based initiative...
The Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program has saved over 800,000 pounds of food since May.
With nearly a third of all food worldwide being wasted and millions of people going hungry every day, preventing food from going to waste is a crucial operation. The Bobcat Eats Food Waste Awareness and Prevention Program may have a long name, but in...
Sustainability Director Colleen McCormick and the UC Merced solar array
When Colleen McCormick joined UC Merced as its sustainability director in 2014, the university had lofty aspirations but no specific action plan to get from Point A to Point B. Today, the campus has a Sustainability Strategic Plan that provides a...
UC Merced hosted its first Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience earlier this month, teaching students how to become leaders in sustainability.
UC Merced students got a crash course in how to lead the world in moving toward sustainability last week as part of the Student Leadership Institute for Climate Resilience (SLICR). The three-day residential program introduced students to the campus...
This Saturday, mechanical engineering major Vanessa Andrade will participate in the university’s second fall commencement ceremony.
Growing up in San Juan Bautista, Vanessa Andrade loved hanging out with her father and his collection of cars and tractors. She spent hours in the “barn” or shop, helping change the oil in cars, playing with tools and tinkering with her...
UC Merced’s commitment to sustainability has been at the forefront of university decisions since the campus’s inception. This week, the university will welcome one of the nation’s leaders in public health to campus to discuss how to...
Members of the Office of the Chancellor and interns from the Green Offices program with the platinum Green Offices certification
It’s the crown jewel of sustainability — a platinum certification signifying all the steps to making a space sustainable have been met. For UC Merced, platinum certification had eluded the Green Labs and Green Offices programs. That...

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