UCLA Health recognizes that climate change negatively impacts our planet. We also recognize it is a consequence of human behavior and that it can have a harmful impact on human health.
As a global leader in education, research, and patient care, we have a responsibility to try to influence change around the world. This is why our organization will embody a culture of sustainability by promoting conservation, purchasing environmentally friendly products, reducing waste, and evaluating other opportunities that are beneficial to the environment and that might inspire other organizations to follow suit.
In 2013 UC President Napolitano declared that UC will be the first research university to achieve carbon neutrality, with a target date of 2025. While we look for large scale solutions from the system level, UCLA Health is also working on our own facilities to reduce energy consumption and investigate renewable sources of energy.
“At UC we combine education, research, operational sustainability, cutting-edge entrepreneurship, and public service in a way that uniquely positions us to help take on both the local and global challenges of climate change.”
— UC President Janet Napolitano, 2016 UC Annual Report on Sustainable Practices