What is the UC Green New Deal?

Our UC Green New Deal calls for the UC to make a just transition to low carbon operations for the betterment of our community. Below is a brief summary of the over 140 specific policy demands in the full UC Green New Deal Policy Platform.

In accordance with what science supports and what justice demands, we call for:

  • Environmental Justice measures that promote a just transition for the UC community to sustainable educational, living and working environments, while addressing the disproportionate effects of climate change on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color.
  • Energy systems at each UC campus to rapidly transition to renewable energy by developing detailed plans for true decarbonization.
  • Transportation policies to be updated to rapidly decrease emissions from commuting and travel and simultaneously promote health.
  • Development standards for new buildings and green spaces that employ environmentally restorative architectural designs.
  • Food systems at UC to be reenvisioned for a sustainable future by increasing sustainable sourcing and reducing the consumption of animal products.
  • Waste disposal and procurement to be redesigned to increase reuse, recycling, and composting systems, with validated endpoints. The ultimate objective should be a zero waste system.
  • Divestment to extend to institutions that support fossil fuel infrastructure, including banks and insurers that directly support fossil fuel projects.
  • Education and practical training about climate to be offered across the UC system that includes the scientific, social, geopolitical, and economic dimensions of the crisis, centered on the voices of the dispossessed.
  • Funding to pay for the UC Green New Deal from federal, state, legislative, and philanthropic sources.

The current draft of the full Platform is available at bit.ly/UCGNDplatformv4.

Crowd of people at a rally. Banners held aloft that read “GREEN NEW DEAL”. Photo credit: Erik Jepsen.