Tuesday, February 18

UC announces goal to reduce water consumption by 2020

University of California leaders announced Thursday that the UC will try to reduce its per capita water use by 20 percent over the next seven years.

The announcement adds another goal to the list that UC President Janet Napolitano and University administration hope to reach by 2020, including becoming completely carbon neutral and producing zero waste.

“The University of California has long been a leader in conservation efforts,” Napolitano said in a statement released by the UC Office of the President. “UC is prepared to play a leadership role in response to California’s current water crisis by demonstrating water sustainability solutions to the rest of the state.”

The reduction goal is pegged to water usage baselines already established at each campus, according to the statement.

The UC Board of Regents plans to discuss the policy, alongside its other sustainability goals, next week at its bimonthly board meeting in San Francisco.

Compiled by Katherine Hafner, Bruin senior staff.

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