Feb. 22, 2024 – The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recognized California State University Channel Islands (CSUCI) for committing to reduce portfolio-wide greenhouse gas emissions by at least 60% within 10 years and to work with DOE to share successful solutions and decarbonization strategies. As a partner in DOE’s Better Climate Challenge, CSUCI is the second CSU and one of more than 50 organizations across the U.S. economy that are stepping up to the Challenge and driving real-world action toward a low-carbon future.

U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer M. Granholm shared, “Better Climate Challenge partners like CSU Channel Islands are committing to decarbonize across their portfolio of buildings, plants, and fleets and share effective strategies to transition our economy to clean energy. Their leadership and innovation are crucial in our collective fight against climate change while strengthening the U.S. economy.”

As the University undertakes this challenge, DOE will support the efforts with technical assistance, peer-to-peer learning opportunities, and a platform for the organization to demonstrate its commitment to being part of the solution to climate change.

“Joining the Better Climate Challenge underscores CSUCI's commitment to investing in a healthy, just, and livable future for our students. The resources provided through the challenge will help the university reduce energy consumption, improve air quality, and accelerate progress toward our climate action goals,” said CSUCI Sustainability & Energy Director, Roxane Beigel-Coryell.

To reach its emissions goal, CSUCI plans to reduce energy use intensity 20% by 2029 and reach carbon neutrality on campus by 2040. These goals are in alignment with CSUCI’s Climate Action Plan that was adopted in January 2023.

To learn more, visit the Better Climate Challenge website.

For more information contact Roxane Beigel-Coryell at roxane.bc@csuci.edu.

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