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Master of Environmental Science and Management: Master's Group Project

The Carbon Action Plan: UCSB Decarbonization Through Electrification

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Group Members: Drew Andersen, Logan Babcock, Daija Odom, Marco Palombo, Emily Pelstring

Faculty Advisors: Kyle C. Meng

Client: UCSB Sustainability , UCSB Housing, Dining & Auxiliary Enterprises




In order to meet UCSB’s 2025 Carbon Neutrality emissions targets, the UCSB Housing, Dining, & Auxiliary Enterprises department is seeking strategies to mitigate fossil fuel use. UCSB currently uses natural gas as a fuel for space/water heating, drying of laundry, and food preparation in dorms and dining commons. If UCSB is to become carbon neutral, without purchasing carbon offsets, these services need to be powered via carbon free electricity from the UC Clean Power Program. This project baselines current energy use and considers what technologies can decarbonize Housing, Dining, & Auxiliary Enterprises at UCSB through electrification, and at what cost.

The transition from natural gas to electricity for various housing and dining services will increase the net demand for electricity. This project will seek to quantify this increased electricity demand and assess approaches to meet overall energy demand using existing electrical infrastructure.

Client Contacts: Mo Lovegreen, Mark Rousseau

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