The University Climate Change Coalition is committed to leveraging their institutional strengths as leading research institutions to foster a robust exchange of best practices and lessons learned in pursuit of accelerating local climate solutions that reduce greenhouse emissions and build community resilience. UA President Robert C. Robbins, a member of the organizing coalition’s steering and advisory committee, QUOTE TK.
UC3 by the Numbers
2018: Year the coalition was formed
2,600: Number of leaders convened from academia and the public and private sectors
2,000,000+: Number of students, faculty and staff represented in UC3
2050: Year by which the coalition has committed to achieving carbon neutrality
12: Number of cross-sector climate forums held in the coalition’s first year
UC3 is a select subgroup of the Second Nature Climate Leadership Network, founded in 1993 to make the principles of sustainability a priority in higher education.
UA Divisions Involved
- Arizona Institute for Resilient Environment and Societies
- Institute for Energy Solutions
- Transportation Research Institute
- Water Resources Research Center
- Biosphere 2
A chief goal of the American UC3 members: meeting the target agreed to in 2015’s Paris Agreement, which aims to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius.
5 Elements of Success
- Institutional Leadership
The head of each university appoints liaisons involved in several sustainability efforts to build a team.
- Collaborative Networks
The university teams meet monthly to share their knowledge and provide peer feedback.
- Cross-Sector Convenings
Member schools gather various stakeholders in their region to discuss climate risks, challenges and paths to solutions.
- Demand-Driven Research
The coalition evaluates forum outcomes and develops research priorities and ideas on how to engage additional stakeholders.
- Solutions-Oriented Partnerships
The coalition leverages existing relationships to establish cross-sector partnerships in each community.
- Pledges to reduce its institutional carbon footprint, consistent with the Paris Agreement objectives
- Is designated an R1 research institution by the Carnegie Classification
- President/chancellor’s office commits to the UC3 mission; appoints and supports key liaisons
- Agrees to hold a cross-sector climate change forum, convening within a year of joining the coalition
- Local and state governments
- Nonprofit organizations
- Community leaders
- Higher education
University Key Roles in Cross-Sector Collaboration
- Knowledge Generator, through research performed and innovations undertaken
- Community Anchor, as a long-standing and credible local institution
- Collaborative Convener, bringing together public officials, business professions and community leaders
Arizona State University
California Institute of Technology
Tecnológico de Monterrey
La Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
The Ohio State University
The State University of New York
University of Arizona
The University of British Columbia
The University of California
University of Colorado, Boulder
The University of Connecticut
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of New Mexico
University of South Florida
University of Toronto
The University of Utah
The University of Washington
Washington University in St. Louis