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Sustainable Operations

May 9, 2019

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 specially recognized for its efforts. The...
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...
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...
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...
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...
As UC Merced continues to lead the way in sustainability on university campuses, a new wrinkle has been added to the process of certifying buildings. Recently, the Science and Engineering 1 (SE1) building achieved gold certification under LEED...
Students tend the UC Merced Campus Community Garden.
UC Merced demonstrated that it’s living up to its reputation for being “green from the ground up” by winning five awards — more than any other University of California campus — in the 14th annual Higher Education Energy...
UC Merced is one of the first recipients of the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery’s new Food Waste Prevention and Rescue Grant. As part of the state’s comprehensive strategy, CalRecycle awarded $9.4 million to 31...
UC Merced reveals its new, comprehensive Sustainability Strategic Plan to further advance it goals, including reaching its Triple Zero Commitment.
UC Merced has a new Sustainability Strategic Plan to help the campus further advance its sustainability goals. In 2016, the Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability (CACS), and the Department of Sustainability (DOS) initiated a...
UC Merced’s sustainability office is seeking undergraduate students who are thinking about careers in energy to fill this fall’s Energize Colleges internships. UC Merced is one of 12 college and university campuses across California...

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