Abstract: The purpose of Sophia Young's project was to help the University achieve its mandated carbon reductions due to the significant environmental impacts that global climate change has had on our planet. Strategies to achieve this included: compliance with the Cap and Trade Program; the campus goal of reducing emissions to 2000 levels by 2014, 1990 levels by 2020, 80% below 1990 levels by 2050; meeting the UC President’s initiative of carbon neutrality by 2025; and to sustain those levels by fostering new behavioral norms on campus. She accomplished this by outreaching to various organizations on campus; researching and identifying climate action plans to model from; and finally, aiding to produce research and data for the Climate Action Plan update, which was slated for the next school year. She measured its success by having concrete feedback and research to put into the Plan. Long-term methods to measure its success will be through reduced levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
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Results: The main two goals we tried to accomplish this year were to become carbon neutral by 2025 and reach 1990 level emissions by 2020. The final outcomes of my project were a matrix containing climate action plans of other schools to model from, input from outreach to put towards the Climate Action Plan update for next school year, as well as established connections with student organizations to build off of for next school year. The updated plan will eventually address our school’s progress towards those two goals. For this to be achieved, I have reached out to the main sustainability organizations on campus, as well as SUA (student government), and have identified five climate action plans to model off of. I demonstrated that I have achieved my results by producing a matrix of the model climate actions plans to use for the Climate Action Plan update.