In light of Gov. Brown’s recent drought emergency proclamation, the UC Office of the President (UCOP) announced its goal to reduce water use per capita across the UC by 20 percent by the year 2020.
According to the governor, the state is currently facing the “worst drought” it has ever faced since California started keeping records about 100 years ago. A statement released by the UC Office of the President acknowledged California’s dry weather record and promised to combat the problem by preserving the state’s water resources.
“The University of California has long been a leader in conservation efforts,” read a statement by UC President Napolitano. “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.”
According to the press release, eight out of 10 UCs have already achieved the 2020 policy goal of reducing water consumption by 20 percent and the UC hopes that every university meets that goal. The issue will also be discussed during the UC Board of Regents meeting starting Jan. 22, 2014.