UC president: Shrinking carbon footprint 'moral imperative'

Oct 27, 2015 2:04 PM by News Staff

SAN DIEGO (AP) - University of California President Janet Napolitano says reducing the human carbon footprint is a "moral imperative" and vows to turn the system's 10 campuses into a living laboratory for solutions.

Napolitano spoke Tuesday at a two-day climate change summit at UC San Diego, where researchers are discussing their blueprint for concrete action that the state and the world should take to tackle the problem. The plan will be presented at next month's landmark climate change conference in Paris.

Napolitano says the UC system will implement solutions that can be scaled up.

She pledged in 2013 to make the UC system carbon neutral by 2025.

Napolitano says the university has entered an agreement to purchase 80 megawatts of solar power. That's the largest purchase by any university in the United States.

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