Visit the Energy Website

2013/2014 Measures of Success

  • Electricity use per square
    foot has been reduced by 36 percent over the past 10 years, reflecting a $2.9
    million annual avoided cost (in 2014 dollars).

  • Natural Gas use was reduced
    in 2013/2014 by 15 percent as compared to the prior year, and UCSB’s total expenditures
    on natural gas have dropped for the sixth consecutive year.

Measures of Success

  • UCSB has reduced its per square foot electricity use by 30%, reflecting a $3.88 million annual savings in 2011 dollars, since peaking in 1998/1999.
  • Total natural gas use per square foot has been reduced by 17%, reflecting a $520,000 annual savings in 2011 dollars, since peaking in 1998/1999.
  • UCSB owns ten installed on-site solar photovoltaic systems, ranging in size from 2 kW to 133 kW DC. The aggregate capacity of these systems is 212 kW DC.
  • UCSB achieved 2014 GHG Reduction Target: 4% reduction in total main campus electricity consumption over the past two years.


  • The student body approved the development of the Student Affairs Zero Net Energy Initiative.
  • The Chancellor’s Sustainability Committee (CSC) energy goals strive for a total campus average energy intensity reduction of 8% per five-year period. CSC also feels that the campus should strive to procure at least 43% of its energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Ongoing Practices and Programs

  • UCSB participates in the Strategic Energy Partnership (SEP) with Southern California Edison and Southern California Gas, which helps us plan for and implement multi-pronged campus solutions to energy, involving on- and off-site generation, conservation, and a degree of reliance on fossil sources.




  • Student Affairs is continuing to move forward with the development of a 500 kilowatts system of on-site solar production funded by the Renewable Energy Initiative (REI). Their first photovoltaic array has been sited on top of Parking Structure 22 and is slated for completion by the summer of 2013.
  • SEP has been in place for eight years (2004 — 2012) and the campus is working to extend the program through 2016.


  • Reduce GHG emissions to 2000 level by 2014.
  • Reduce GHG emissions to 1990 level by 2020.
  • Achieve Operational carbon neutrality by 2025
  • Achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050.

More Information